Bernabe Concepcion is now Ring magazine’s #10 Superbantam!
It was quite frustrating how Ring Magazine seemed to have been dismissing 21-year old Bernabe Concepcion as a legit prospect despite being the NABF and WBC youth super bantamweight Champion for some time now, as well as being highly rated by the WBC as well as the WBO. So it was really surprising when I opened Ring Magazine’s December 1 update of their rankings to find out that Concepcion is now rated #10.
It has been quite a year for this kid, fighting four times, stopping all his opponents except for current NABF featherweight Champion Juan Ruiz, who he outhustled in a 12-round brawl. He represented Philippine boxing well this year, earning the respect of Mexican fight fans when he fought twice Mexico, as well as the US boxing fans with his head-turning performance in the Cotto vs. Margarito undercard, where he made believers out of HBO commentators Kellerman, Stewart and Lampley.
It is sad to realize though, that Concepcion’s apparent gain comes by way of another Filipino prospect’s loss, as local rival Boom Boom Bautista (who was erstwhile Ring Magazine #8 superbantam) was apparently stricken out of the rankings because of his poor showing against unheralded Mexican bantam journeyman Heriberto Ruiz.
I hope 2009 will be a better year for Philippine boxing. We have a couple of capable legit contenders who are poised for a title shot and I hope we add to our current number of champions next year – something we failed to do this year.
Congratulations Bernabe “kamaong llave” Concepcion for finally getting Ring Magazine recognition, you really are the REAL DEAL.