IT’S been a while since the Guam Amateur Boxing Federation has put together a fight card for boxing enthusiasts around the island.
That wait came to an end as athletes brought their A-game to the ring last Saturday for the Amateur Boxing Competition at the Guam Sports Complex in hopes of making a mark in a very intense and action-packed sport. Although not every boxer in the competition was able to walk away after having their arms raised in victory, all will surely walk out with tons of experience gained.
Tenorio vs. Peralta
The main event of the competition featured Zach Tenorio and Javier Peralta going toe-to-toe against one another. Both fighters went the distance and battled for three rounds before having to turn to the scorecards to determine a winner. When the announcement was made, it was Tenorio who was declared the victor via a unanimous decision.
In the opening round, it was apparent that both fighters came out cautiously trying to get a feel at the other’s plan. Round two was much different as Tenorio presented himself to be the aggressor. Peralta made moves to counter Tenorio’s offense, but was rarely able to connect. Tenorio took control of the fight in the final round and on several occasions dealt a flurry of punches to Peralta.
“I relied on my cardio to take me through the fight. Winning the fight is a good feeling and there are things I can still improve on,” Tenorio said. “I’m looking forward to participating in the next competition.”
Francisco vs. O'Connor
In another fight, Adrienne Francisco was laced up and ready to go in a match where opponent Rudel O’Connor stood at the opposite corner. Francisco proved too strong for O’Connor in the opening round as the match referee was forced to stop the bout.
- Jarine Paulino defeated Nathaniel Galvez Jr. via decision.
- Vince Camp defeated Mark Lao via decision.
- Jerome Sajo defeated Aljay Kanashiro via decision.
- Rion Alfred defeated Jose Arriola via decision.