Sunday 23rd April 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

Bernabe’s Punchers chance…

A friend of mine gave me a Christmas gift 3 years ago… It was a rubik’s cube I had fun disarranging it but took me days before I was able to decipher one side of it my patience was getting to be ice thin thick and soon the cube was nesting inside our garbage bin.

Last Saturday we saw Pinoy Power 2 headed by two promising Filipinos Donaire and Bernabe Concepcion while Donaire dominated his counterpart Rafael Concepcion on the early rounds but after tasting two hard rights he was punching his way to survival mode throwing lesser combinations abandoning his jab looking for one power shot but nonetheless came out the victor after 12 rounds by unanimous decision. But like the rubik’s cube Bernabe Concepcion had a hard time deciphering Steven Luevano on the co-main event on that evening. Steven Luevano a veteran of 39 fights defended his title for the 5th time against Concepcion, clearly not a crowd favorite favoring methodological approach on opponents rather than banging and fighting them toe to toe with his 37 wins with only 15 wins coming by way of knockout. Luevano went for his bread and butter play when he felt Bernabe’s power early in the first round from that point on he went to his jab and Bernabe look puzzled and bewildered trying to find some opening on Luevano’s defense. Bernabe on some instance got Luevano in trouble when his body shots were connecting but most of the time it was plainly boring. Two boxers giving so much respect resulting in one round throwing only 21 power punches with 9 of it finding it’s marked by Concepcion. At the end of round 7 a clearly frustrated Concepcion fell in deaf ears refusing to hear the bell went for the kill and whip Luevano straight on his jaw and like my Rubik’s, Steven Luevano went straight to the canvass. It was a no contest the referee awarded Steven a disqualification win against Concepcion. It was a cheap shot for a fighter who was once groomed to be the next Manny Pacquiao. If he was patient enough he could have won the fight and brought glory to his country. It’s hard to clean up on a tainted reputation.
A boxer’s chance… they say one punch can make a difference…well Bernabe did make a difference but not the way we wanted the fight to end. Longshot for redemption I say…

On a happy note Mark Melligen showed class and maturity beyond his years disposing veteran journey man Ernesto Zepeda in a short workout downing Zepeda in the 4th round.
Had so much fun listening to his entrance song… Hayden Kho… Eat your heart out.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]