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Steven Luevano vs. Bernabe Concepcion

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

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!

Juanma vs. Concepcion by November?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Plans are ongoing for a possible battle between newly-crowned WBO superbantam king Juan Manuel Lopez and Filipino Bernabe Concepcion on the undercard of superstar Manny Pacquiao’s next fight, possibly against Ricky Hatton later this year.

For Salven Lagumbay’s complete article, click here>>>

“The plan is to have Juanma fight two more times before the year is over. A possible fight is being considered for the August 30 undercard to the rematch between Ivan Calderon and Hugo Cazares. Then we want to return again in November and fight on a big fight card, maybe headlined by someone like a Manny Pacquiao,” Rivera told El Nuevo Dia.

Rivera only gave the names of Sergio Medina and Filipino Bernabe Concepcion when asked about possible opponents for the two dates.

For Mark Vester’s complete article click here >>>

Roach Reveals That Pacquiao Signed Up Concepcion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2008 by scholarwarrior

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Trainer Freddie Roach revealed Friday that North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion had been signed up by Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao.

Roach made the revelation to Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today from his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles after a sparring session in which Pacquiao went ten hard rounds.

Aljoe Jaro had claimed on the program “Sports Chat” hosted by young Dennis Principe over dzSR Sports Radio on Thursday that he would accompany Concepcion to the US on June 24, contrary to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s statement that the NABF champion would leave today (Friday) and that a ticket had already been sent.

However, it appears that Aljoe Jaro, the former boxer who managed Concepcion didn’t want the young fighter to go alone and claimed that there were individuals in the US, both Filipinos and foreigners who were trying to take Concepcion away from him.

But Roach dismissed such speculation saying “he has signed a contract with Manny.” The celebrated trainer disclosed that Pacquiao had spoken to Aljoe Jaro on Thursday night and “everything is going to be okay. He (Concepcion) will be here this week.”

Concepcion is scheduled to fight on the undercard of the blockbuster showdown between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito on July 26 but Arum said he had forgotten the name of the opponent who, he said, was not a Mexican.

Arum indicated that should Juan Manuel Lopez, the undefeated Puerto Rican sensation defeat WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon this weekend and should Concepcion put on an impressive performance then he would give the hard-hitting Filipino a shot at the title which he said posed no problems since he promotes both fighters.

Roach said he was “impressed with Concepcion. The kid can punch.”

(taken from>>>)


Another article said that Abe Concepcion might be up against featherweight Gary Stark Jr. (former IBF/NABF ranked prospect) but that it hasn’t been finalized yet. (

Stark was a blue-chip prospect until he ran into a series of unfortunate loses last year – a controversial decision loss to Mike Oliver and an upset KO loss to a journeyman in a fight where he was giving his opponent a boxing lesson and actually had his opponent down.

If this fight materializes, Abe Concepcion should not take the guy lightly if he wants a shot at either Molitor or Juanma Lopez late this year or early next year.

Feb 9 Latin Fury Card gets a facelift

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Junior bantamweight star Jorge Arce of Mexico suffered a shoulder injury training on Wednesday, forcing him to withdraw from his next fight, co-promoter Fernando Beltran told

In Arce’s place, junior flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa (30-5, 16 KOs) will make his fourth defense against Jesus Iribe (10-4-1, 6 KOs).

The same card will feature JCC Jr against unheralded Celaya, middleweight Jose Luis Zertuche against Marco Antonio Rubio and our very own Bernabe Concepcion going up against Juan Ruiz.Full story here>>>

Bernabe Concepcion with his manager Aljoe Jaro is now in the Wildcard Gym and will resume training soon according to a report by Ed dela Vega.

And now its JUAN RUIZ for Concepcion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Trust to give you accurate boxing news. First they said Concepcion’s new opponent after Juanma withrew was “somebody named Rubio” , a couple of days later, after Dennis Principe came out with his news about the guy’s real surname “Ruiz”, came out with a retraction cum breaking news that Bernabe Concepcion will be battling Heriberto Ruiz! Amazing!

Now, the truth is out, Concepcion will not be battling anybody named Rubio nor Heriberto…he’ll be up against featherweight nobody JUAN RUIZ (24-6-0, 6Kos). 

Now I’m quite sure this would be the right guy, know why? Because I didn’t get my information at! I got it here. (See Feb 9 schedule). Breaking news my ass! Do your job right!

And the Concepcion-Lopez plot thickens…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Sports writer/columnist/commentator/analyst par excellance Ronnie Nathanielsz joins the fray, giving us a glimpse of another TOPRANK-GBP tug-o-war. This time as to who really is telling the truth about Juanma Lopez’ fight schedule. Here’s Sir Ronnie’s article.

The article also confirms my earlier post at philboxing forum about Salven Lagumbay’s “breaking news” (of course Philboxing deleted the thread), on the cancellation of the Concepcion-Lopez fight, information which he though Jaro got directly from Arum. He even got the replacement boxer’s name wrong. Honest mistake really, Salven Lagumbay’s a good man and a real lover of the sport, I think Jaro just failed to tell Lagumbay that he got the info from Dennis Principe’s interview with Arum that same morning.

Anyway, back to the tug-o-war, GBP gets into the mix defending Lopez’ withdrawal, chickening out, backing out, ducking whatever you want to call it, in his scheduled match with Concepcion. Adding that a fight with GBP-boy Oquendo, was already scheduled earlier and that Lopez’ management wasn’t aware of any scheduled fight with Concepcion. So in this regard, Lopez didn’t chicken out, he HAD PRIOR COMMITMENTS. What a spin! Is Golden Boy telling us that the Lopez’ fight with whomever was just finalized a couple of days ago and that the fighters only have a month to train for it? Lopez needs a win to secure a possible title shot a Daniel Ponce De Leon; he can’t just train for a month, no way! I’m sure Lopez’ management would have been informed by GBP or Arum much earlier about possible opponents so they can’t say that until today, Arum didn’t inform them about a possible match with Concepcion.

I don’t think Lopez’ manager Peter Rivera could deny the fact that as early as the November his fighter’s schedule was posted in already (pending changes) and that even Bob Arum in an interview confirmed that Lopez is indeed fighting Concepcion. So there was at least some sort of negotiation happening so Rivera can not say that he “wasn’t informed”. Arum co-manages Lopez with Rivera for chrissake how could he not know that Arum is cooking something up for his fighter and vise-versa?

GBP could spin this all they want but they can never deny the fact that the Lopez-Concepcion fight was published and scheduled (to the point that appeared on and that for some reason, with a month to go before the fight Lopez “backs out”. Here’s what I think is happening here. GBP manages champ Daniel Ponce De Leon and a crack at de Leon’s WBO belt is what GBP dangled Rivera and Lopez. Of course on the other side, Rivera and Arum sets up a fall-back schedule – a fight with Bernabe Concepcion, just in case GBP and the Lopez camp fail to agree on certain terms and conditions. Then finally GBP and the Lopez camp come into terms, Arum OKs the deal and looks forward to another PPV co-promotion with GBP later this year. Concepcion on the other hand still gets his fight and his paycheck and another sure win under a decent card in Mexico. Everybody gets what they want, everybody goes home happy. But the Juanma Lopez fight-withdrawal just got too much attention, and Juanma is now painted as some fast-food bird. GBP has to do something and such statement, like the one that Sir Ronnie wrote bout, (however absurd), is I believe necessary on the part of GBP.

Fact remains, Juanma Lopez chickened out because he’s scared to lose his chance at Daniel Ponce de Leon. Bok bok bok….