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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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Arum says Concepcion is Something Special

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2008 by scholarwarrior

By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Wed, 30 Apr 2008

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who promoted the fight card in Quartero, Mexico in which Bernabe Concepcion retained his North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight title with a second round TKO over 2004 Olympic alternate Torrence Daniels says “I always thought of him (Concepcion) as something special.”

In an overseas telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today, Arum said he was “very proud of him (Concepcion). He fought a tough guy with a great background and had won some good fights.”

He said Concepcion “looked spectacular” adding that he had “been in love with this kid from the beginning. He is getting better and better.”

However, the astute promoter isn’t planning to rush the hard-hitting, 20 year old, undefeated Filipino into a title fight with IBF champion Steve “The Canadian Kid Molitor. Arum said he is likely to put Concepcion on a fight card in Vera Cruz, Mexico on July 12 or on the big Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito showdown in as Vegas on July 26.

Dr. Allan Recto who was assigned by WBC secretary general Mauricio Sulaiman as ringside physician for the main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Tobia Guiseppe Loriga said Concepcion is “ a hot prospect and hopefully one of the future hopes in Philippine boxing.“

Dr. Recto said he had also heard of plans by Top Rank to possibly feature Concepcion on the May 17 “Latin Fury” fight card in Aguascalientes , Mexico headlined by Jorge Arce who battles undefeated Thai Devid Lookmahanak.

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Abe Finally Gets his own space at

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Dong Secuya, site owner of and, finally gave Bernabe Concepcion his long overdue forum in, being one of the Philippines’ most promising (if not the most promising) boxing prospect today.

Concepcion fans have been clamoring for Concepcion to get his own space in the site ever since he won the WBC Youth and NABF Super bantamweight titles two years ago. The call became more intense this year after a couple of solid performances against rugged opposition, including a gutsy win over Juan Ruiz in Mexico. Results of polls and petitions were overwhelming and even a number of posts in Philboxing insinuated that Secuya, being a Cebuano and friend of of the Aldeguers, was favoring ALA and South-based boxers over those from the North. Concepcion is a Bicolano from Catanduanes but calls Rizal his second home. This prompted site owner Dong Secuya to issue a statement saying that if Concepcion wins his next fights in impressive fashion, then he’ll surely give him his own forum.

So before Abe Concepcion fought and obliterated Torrence Daniels in two rounds a couple of days ago, Abe wasn’t even acknowledged as a Filipino-up-and-coming fighter in Secuya’s – this despite Concepcion’s two belts and his being ranked in the top 10 of the WBC and WBO as well as in some respected sites such as

Finally, after a solid win against Daniels, Dong Secuya surprised a lot of Bernabe Concepcion fans this week by giving Concepcion his own forum at his website along with this message “With Concepcion’s impressive victory against Daniels yesterday, Concepcion now joins a few of our boxers who are making waves in the International arena. – Dong Secuya”

You can access Abe Concepcion’s Philboxing forum here>>> and in this site’s blogroll at the right side of your screen.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Abe wins in Latin Fury III, winning via devastating stoppage over Torrence Daniels in the second round!

Concepcion Wins, Moves Closer to Title shot by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Concepcion stops Daniels! by Salven Lagumbay

“NABF junior featherweight titlist Bernabe Concepcion (25-1-1, 14KO) opened up the PPV telecast with an impressive 2nd round stoppage over Torrence Daniels (10-4-1, 4KO). “
– Jake Donovan,

“Bernabe Concepcion (25-1-1, 14 KOs) defended his bantamweight trinket against Torrence Daniels (10-4-1, 4 KOs) with an impressive 2nd round TKO. Concepcion looked great in throwing a lot of punches and a strong right hand.”
– Ramon Aranda,

Pinoy boxer scores TKO over US foe by

Round by Round analysis by

The corner of both fighters turned out to be the more celebrated battle as renowned American guru Freddie Roach worked with Concepcion while former world champion Roger Mayweather was on the side of Daniels.

Concepcion has now scored back to back wins in Mexico. The Vigan-born slugger is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over another American Juan Ruiz February of this year in Domo De La Feria, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Concepcion is also unbeaten on American soil since winning his debut November of 2006, decisioning Joksan Hernandez in 10-rounds. Concepcion defeated Benjamin Flores (UD10, Texas), Gabriel Elizondo (TKO4, Illinois), and Salvador Garcia (TKO9, Las Vegas, Nevada).”

– Philippine Sports News by Dennis Principe

Bernabe Concepcion teaser from

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Concepcion’s Opponent Has Olympic Roots

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2008 by scholarwarrior

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The opponent of North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion in his title defense in Queretaro, Mexico on April 26 was an alternate on the US boxing team to the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today learned that the 33 year old Daniels who has a record of 10-3-1 with 4 knockouts has been described as a fighter “with surgeon-like skills”.
Concepcion himself told us in an overseas telephone conversation that Daniels as a good amateur boxer who had “speed but no real punching power.”

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Concepcion at the Crossroads

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2008 by scholarwarrior

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Of all the current roster of Filipino pugilists trying to make a name for himself in the boxing world, Bernabe Concepcion seem to be the odd man out. He does not speak Cebuano, he’s managed by Aljoe Jaro and is promoted by Toprank, when almost every other rising Pinoy boxer aside from Manny Pacquaio has been at one time or another affiliated with ALA and is promoted by Golden Boy.

The result, he fights mostly in the states and in Mexico now, defending his NABF and WBC youth Super bantam belts – and would continue to do so until the law of averages catches up with him and snaps his 17 win-streak. Concepcion has not been beaten in three years, and the only blemish in his record was a majority decision loss against a veteran Filipino fighter early in his career, in a fight that could have gone either way.

On April 26, Concepcion will again defend his belt against in Mexico against former US Olympian and Golden-gloves champ Torrence “Dynamite” Daniels, in a fight that on paper would seem like an easy win for Concepcion but in boxing one can never be sure, especially if one fights on hostile territory – in the heart of Mexico of all places. There is also pressure coming from the Philippines as all eyes would be fixed on his performance this weekend. His contemporaries have won their respective bouts in the Philippines last week in impressive fashion and while his fans hope that he continue in his winning ways, a lot of haters (filipinos nonetheless) would love to see him lose in order to advance their own prospects’ interests.

It is no secret that Bob Arum is looking forward to putting him up against one of the current top title-holders next year, and that would mean another two or three years of waiting for other Pinoy prospects in his division. I can only imagine how these people would love nothing more than to see Concepcion lose quite shamefully. I wouldn’t even be surprised if they have an article or post ready as of this minute calling him a “bum” whether he wins or loses.

Bernabe Concepcion is indeed in the crossroads and he can only count on himself to believe that he can do this. His fans are silent, his detractors ready to pounce. The crowd would be against him and the judges cannot be trusted as always. A date with Molitor or even Vazquez looms in the horizon…all he has do is believe in himself, and make believers out of those that STILL don’t.

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