KO Wins Just Don’t Cut It Anymore
El Cajon, CA — Bernabe Concepcion last night at the Sycuan Casino Resort has to muster all his skills and strength to finally win over Giovanni Caro, the Mexican Super bantamweight champion.
Although Concepcion scored a flash knocked down during the second round, a KD that surprised Caro more than hurt him and finally scored a KO in the 8th, with a flurry of urgently needed punches, Concepcion needs a lot more work before he is fully ready for a world title fight.
Perhaps, he needs as much as two or three more close fight as he had with Caro before he should be matched with any of the alphabet champions.
I know that many fans will disagree with me, but I believe Concepcion, at this point and time is a good and gutsy fighter, but is not yet in the same league as Juan Ma Lopez or Rafael Marquez.
Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri in a conversation with this writer at the Sycuan Casino after the fight indicated that Concepcion is good but “hindi pa siya hinog” (he is not quite ripe for the title).
Concepcion’s fight with Caro indeed proves that both Fernandez and Neri are right.
His team has set such high standards that KO wins don’t cut it anymore for Bernabe Concepcion. He has to dominate his opponent in every aspect of the fight game otherwise he doesn’t earn respect. Now, is that good? Yes, in the long run because he won’t be content with just winning, he needs to win big and dominate! The downside of this though is that some detractors and critics (especially those that feel that Concepcion is not the country’s #1 super bantam prospect) gets much needed ammunition to question his skills and worth as a boxer.
These are some of the comments taken from boxing forums, from people who didn’t get to see the fight but are probably basing their criticism of Concepcion on what Dr. dela Vega wrote.
“I didn’t say put him in with a champ…someone with a 26-1 record like Concepcion needs to step it up. He needs to fight someone with a pulse and at least a little name. But if he struggled with “unknown” Caro… I guess they should still spoon feed him.”
“No matter what, you don’t get cut or go 8 rounds with a sublevel fighter unless you are not as good as advertise. You may get wobbled by a punch or go down by a surprise punch or whatever, but you don’t go 8 rounds and with a bloodied shut eye! No wonder why they didn’t what to put him with Juanma!”
These are comments coming from people who have not seen the fight. Let us not forget that Abe Concepcion has either knocked out or at least knocked down 7 of his 8 opponents in the US with Juan Ruiz being the only guy to escape being made to kiss the canvas. Having a growing number of detractors and critics only mean two things; one, that Bernabe Concepcion has arrived and he’s now on that level where he needs to totally outclass every fighter he meets in the ring, and two, that every athlete that have detractors and critics also have a growing number of fans. With these developments, I actually pity Bernabe’s future opponents… because mere knockouts don’t cut it anymore for this 20-year old prospect.