I hate to compare..but who’s better? Boom or Abe?
It is a fact that at 21 years old, Boom Boom Bautista is a lot more seasoned in the sport compared to Abe Concepcion. Boom Boom has more international exposure and still has an impressive 9-1-0 (6KOs) win-loss-draw record in international fights despite his embarrassing KO loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon. Bautista also has the more solid credentials as only 9 of his 26 opponents had single digit wins, Concepcion on the other hand has 15 single-digit-win opponents in 25 fights.
Before Boom Boom Bautista’s first loss, he was touted as Pacquiao’s successor – the next great Pinoy champ. If you can remember, there was even a time when Bernabe Concepcion was merely considered as a second-rate replacement for Boom-Boom when the latter got sick before a scheduled fight. Even Oscar Dela Hoya was quite sure that Boom Boom would defeat de Leon in the world cup! Of course now we know that that never happened. Instead, de Leon was able to expose the chink in Bautista’s armor – his glass chin. It’s just sad how one punch can change a fighter’s entire career. Bautista went from a legit contender to a suspect prospect, and his recent decision win didn’t help restore that lost glory, carving out a so-so win against an opponent he was supposed to KO. Sadly, Boom Boom will forever be remembered as the boxer who got KOed in the first round in the World Cup of Boxing.
Despite this, I wouldn’t dare suggest that Abe Concepcion is a better boxer than Boom Boom, he is not. But Abe seems to take punches better than Bautista as I still haven’t seen Concepcion stagger in a fight, though I believe de Leon could’ve KOed Concepcion too if Abe got the same punch Bautista got – any boxer would. I believe that Bautista, despite that loss can still beat a lot, if not all of the current crop of top super bantams out there.
I don’t like the idea pitting Bautista against Concepcion NOW – this early in their careers. What would both fighters gain from that? Bragging rights? Who needs that now? They’re still young, and a loss would affect their marketability as well as their chances for a belt and future big-money fights. Although if you think about it, if the two does figure in a good fight, that could also be good for their marketability – fans love rivalries.
Anyway, if they do decide to settle who is better, I wish they do it when they are both accomplished boxers already, so that win or lose, it wouldn’t have that much affect on their future as fighters. If they do fight who do I think will win? Concepcion will win of course, by KO, in a fight where both will push themselves to the limit. Concepcion is just a very busy fighter and a hard puncher, one lucky punch landing in Boom Boom’s jaw will be it. Don’t take it from me, Gerry Penalosa in an interview said “Sa tingin ko si Concepcion ang mananaig kasi based on my experience nung nag iisparring kami mas nahirapan ako kay Concepcion keysa kay Boom boom,, magalaw masyado si Concepcion”.
But then, at this point in Abe’s career, he is still raw talent. Yes, he has won two belts already and yes, Arum believes he’d be ready for a championship fight in a year or so, but I believe he should gather more experience. Work more on his boxing and slowly continue to make a name for himself by beating fighters with decent records – name fighters if possible. Getting the fights he wants would be easy once he has the name recall himself. Let Ponce de Leon, Molitor, Vasquez and Marquez jostle for top spot… they are the NOW of the division – the likes of Boom Boom and Abe Concepcion are its future.
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