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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 INQUIRER.net). “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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Weekend Fights

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

by the Associated Press

…Bernabe Concepcion, Philippines, outpointed Juan Ruiz, Santa Clarita, Calif., 12, to retain his NABF super bantamweight title. >>> here

Sulaiman Praises Bernabe Concepcion’s Win

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

By Ronnie Nathanieslz

WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman says Bernabe Concepcion retained his North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight title with a close but “very fair” unanimous decision against a game Juan Ruiz in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico Sunday morning, Manila Time.

In an overseas telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today Sulaiman who watched the fights on the “Latin Fury” fight card promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank debunked some claims that Ruiz should have been given the decision. The WBC president said Concepcion “ looked very good” but conceded that the Filipino had “a very, very difficult opponent who was like a bull and wouldn’t let him (Concepcion) box.” Full story here>>>

With the Ruiz assignment over with, what’s next for Abe?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2008 by scholarwarrior
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Bernabe Concepcion’s hard-earned win over former WBO NABO and WBA FEDEBOL Super Bantamweight Titlist Juan Ruiz in enemy teritory might not be the highlight-reel performance that a lot of people expected and it certainly wasn’t the KO victory Freddie Roach predicted, but hey, Juan Ruiz was no pushover. Ruiz may not have the power, but he was a former champ and hasn’t been knocked down in his career, yet 20-year old Bernabe Concepcion upped him in his own backyard. Now the next question is what’s up next for Concepcion? Is he ready for a title shot? Will any REAL champ give him a shot?With the maturity he showed against a veteran boxer like Ruiz who employed dirty smothering tactics, he showed that he’s class above the rest. Concepcion was visibly gassed after reportedly having to shed extra pounds to make weight (so he could keep his belt), and was up against an opponent 2 pounds over the limit. Team Concepcion also reportedly came to Queretaro Mexico only a few days before the fight not giving enough time for Bernabe Concepcion to adjust to Queretaro’s high altitude unlike his opponent, but he showed that he can make do with “brains” if he really can’t rely on his speed, power and stamina.

Yes, the boy is ripe for a shot, or at least a fight against big names in the division. By beating a former WBO NABO titlist, he can be lined up for a shot at any fringe WBO title where he’s already rated number 5, but another Filipino in Boom Boom Bautista holds both the WBO Intercon and Youth belts so that is far from being a reality (ALA reportedly doesn’t want any piece of him). If Juanma Lopez loses his Feb 23 fight, Concepcion just might have a shot at an elimination bout with Juanma for Daniel Ponce de Leon’s belt – but Juanma has ducked Concepcion once, I think he’ll do it again.

Most of the big names in super feather is already working to fight someone else if not already scheduled to fight somebody else. It is also interesting why boxrec.com despite Concepcion’s two regional belts and two successful title defenses demoted him in its current ranking 7 places down! In his place are two Japanese fighters who doesn’t even hold regional belts and five Thais without real titles sporting “impressive” win-loss records padded by wins over unknowns (tuktuk drivers perhaps?).

Concepcion by the way boxing politics is going, seems headed for another title defense against another “spoiler-type” opposition in a couple of months, doesn’t matter, he’s young and any fight outside the country is still money in the bank. By beating Ruiz who is a former WBA regional title-holder, we can only hope that the WBA gives Concepcion a top 10 ranking. Right now, only the WBC and the WBO has Concepcion in their top 10 list although reliable sites like Fightnews.com has him rated as one of the 10 best super bantams in the world today (no fighters with padded records nor hard-to-pronounce names in that list.)

Bernabe Concepcion Retains NABF Title (BoxingScene.com)

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

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The Philippines Bernabe Concepcion retained his North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight title with a close but unanimous decision against a game Juan Ruiz on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s “Latin Fury” fight card in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico Sunday morning, Manila Time.

Judging by the reports Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today received, the 20 year old Concepcion who won the title with an explosive fourth round TKO over the highly-touted Gabriel Elizondo on August 4 last year was not particularly impressive although he won by a unanimous decision. Full story here >>>