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Concepcion Luevano Recap: Abe loses by DQ

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by scholarwarrior

Steven Luevano vs. Bernabe Concepcion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by scholarwarrior

Concepcion No Undercard Ornament

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 23, 2009 by scholarwarrior

by Joel Orellana for Business Mirror

MANNY PACQUIAO may be the toast of the world boxing community, but lurking in Pacman’s shadow is a potential world champion who has started to carve his own niche in the global arena.

Bernabe “Abe” Concepcion, the pride of Catanduanes, fights in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton mega buck fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

photo courtesy of Rhoy Cobilla

DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications Assistant Secretary Atty. Cesar Sarmiento with Bernabe “Abe” Concepcion. photo courtesy of Rhoy Cobilla

Concepcion (28-1-1, 16 knockouts) will be going after the World Boxing Organization featherweight crown of Californian Steven Levano (36-1-1, 15 knockouts), his first shot at a world title.

But he won’t be a mere undercard ornament. The country will expectedly be feverishly rooting for him, like what is expected to go Pacquiao’s way.

And the first to do that are his fellow Cantanduanons, who on Friday night gave him a warm sendoff testimonial dinner at the Alano Hall of the Philippine Navy Golf Club.

The event was arranged by the Rotary Club of Parañaque. Government officials, businessmen and well-wishers from Catanduanes raised a glass for 21-year-old Concepcion, who is fast becoming the country’s newest boxing sensation.

For the record, Concepcion knocked out Sande Otieno of Kenya in the fifth round to clinch the World Boxing Council (WBC) International featherweight title on January 11 at the Araneta Coliseum. That was his 17th consecutive win.

“We feel [that] here in Metro Manila, no one is taking the initiative of recognizing the accomplishment of Bernabe Concepcion as a world boxing champion,” said Department of Transportation and Communications Assistant Secretary Atty. Cesar Sarmiento, who organized the event.

“That’s why we thought about this [testimonial dinner and sendoff] and hopefully this occasion would inspire Abe,” Sarmiento added.

Supporters are hopeful the young Concepcion would get as much attention—and cheers—as Pacquiao on fight night.

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Abe Concepcion is the NEW WBC International Featherweight Champion!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by scholarwarrior

Bernabe Concepcion captured the vacant WBC International featherweight title Sunday night (January 11, 2009), with a 5th round TKO win over Kenyan Sande Otieno. The fight was held at the historic Araneta Coliseum, and was Bernabe Concepcion’s first fight in 2009, after having a breakthrough 2008, where he successfully defended his NABF title a couple of times, topping it off with a head-turning performance on the undercard of Cotto and Margarito’s entry for fight of the year.

Last night’s fight was also the first time for Bernabe Concepcion to fight for a title in a locally promoted card, as his past title shots and defenses were all held abroad; his last seven fights in fact were either held in the US or Mexico. The card was a just and fitting welcome for the 20-year old son of Virac, Catanduanes, not because he won another regional title in another weight class, but more importantly because he was able to perform again in front of his countrymen, something Concepcion always wanted to do.

Against, Sande Otieno, Bernabe Concepcion was pretty much landing at will, and was definitely landing the more telling blows, bloodying the Kenyan’s nose as early as the first round. Concepcion controlled the fight from round one, staggering Otieno repeatedly, letting up once in while to let the Kenyan land a couple of his own shots, prolonging the fight a little to give the audience their money’s worth. Bernabe Concepcion seemed to be content with counterpunching and tagging Otieno with his right leads in the early rounds, but turned it up a notch by round 4 cutting Otieno along the left eyebrow: a cut that was made worse by an accidental clash of heads. The Kenyan was allowed to fight one more round but Concepcion kept tagging him with hard shots to the head and body and the round ends with Otieno dripping blood everywhere. After the 5th round, the doctor has seen enough.

Otieno like Bernabe Concepcion was also going up in weight from superbantam hoping to capture the vacant WBC Intercontinental featherweight title. Otieno was the former WBC international Superbantamweight Champion, a champion that has not been stopped in 17 fights. His lone loss was via a technical decision, losing on points when the fight was stopped after his opponent was deemed unable to continue because of a cut suffered from an accidental clash of heads.

With the win, Bernabe Concepcion would seem to be letting go of the superbantamweight division, and moving to the featherweight division after apparently having trouble making 122. It is a shame though that he wasn’t able to capture a world title at superbantam despite being highly rated by both the WBC and WBO, we hope that 2009 would be THAT year, and featherweight would be THAT division where Bernabe Concepcion finally wins his first world title. Winning the WBC International featherweight belt, is indeed a good start. Congratulations Abe!

Concepcion ready for WBC Int’l title bid

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2009 by scholarwarrior

By Recah Trinidad
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Torrid, toe-to-toe action which Filipino fight fans missed in last month’s Dream Match in Las Vegas could be enjoyed when hard-hitting Filipino Bernabe Concepcion fights for the vacant WBC International featherweight crown at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Aljoe Jaro, Concepcion’s manager, pledged this on Sunday as his fast-growing fighter prepares for his showdown with former WBC International titlist Sande Otieno of Kenya.

Jaro said Concepcion is ready for his first fight in the exacting but richer featherweight ranks.

“He has just grown too big for the 122-pound division,” Jaro told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of “But I’m sure Bernabe will be at his best at 126 lb where he could make use of his full power.”

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Bernabe Concepcion is now Ring magazine’s #10 Superbantam!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by scholarwarrior

concepcion will be fighting again in the Philippines on January 11, 2009

concepcion will be fighting again in the Philippines on January 11, 2009

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.

click here for Ring Magazine’s current superbantam ranking.

Juanma wants Concepcion!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by scholarwarrior

In an article that appeared on, Juanma lopez vs. Sergio Medina apparently isn’t a done deal yet. Medina’s handlers merely offered Sergio Medina as a possible challenger to Juanma Lopez and that Team Juanma is still considering facing young gun Bernabe Concepcion. Team Juanma wants to fight on the undercard of Pacquaio vs. Dela Hoya on December 6 but insists that despite being a mere undercard, the money should be right for Juanma. It was said in other articles that talks of a Penalosa vs. Juanma fight didn’t push through because Penalosa was asking for too much.

[El invicto peleador boricua coincidió en que la pelea contra Concepción podría ser atractiva, por el hecho de que el filipino es considerado todo un prospecto de apenas 20 años de quien “se dicen muchas cosas”, y según López, un choque contra él serviría para aclarar dudas de quién es el mejor supergallo.]

Juanma Lopez, the undefeated Puerto Rican believes that the fight with Concepcion will be great because there are a lot of things being said about this 20-year old Filipino prospect. Juanma further says that a clash with Concepcion would put an end to all doubts as to who the better superbantam is.

This is good news, as the two was already supposed to meet in the ring earlier this year but Juanma chose to fight Oquendo in Puerto Rico instead. But Arum already said in an interview that he’s reserving Concepcion for his Dec 13 card in Macau, and since Concepcion like Pacquiao is also trained by Freddie Roach, I don’t think team Concepcion would be willing to accept the biggest fight of his career without Roach training him full time. I just hope Juanma would still be willing to face Concepcion early next year after their December assigments are done, otherwise, this statements of Juanma would be nothing but hot air.