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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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Juanma now says that Concepcion didn’t want to fight him

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2008 by scholarwarrior

In an pathetic attempt to justify team Juanma Lopez’ handpicking of Olivier Lontchi for the WBO Champion’s first defense, they floated some names that allegedly were scared to fight him. The list includes Gerry Penalosa victim Johnny Gonzalez, Ponce de Leon victims Boom Boom Bautista and Sod Looknongyangtoy and Bernabe Concepcion.

“The truth is that nobody of the top ten in my division wants to fight me.” – Juanma Lopez

Full article about Juanma’s new challenger here >>>

This is quite interesting because Bernabe Concepcion already personally said in a past interview (video is still in youtube) that he looks forward to meeting Juanma Lopez in the ring. Remember Juanma Lopez already ducked Concepcion before, opting to fight less dangerous Oquendo so as not to derail his date with Ponce De Leon. Arum even talked about the fight in an interview (still available on youtube) only to find out that team Juanma Lopez made a deal with GBP (apparently without Arum knowing) that team Lopez chose to fight Oquendo in Puerto Rico instead.

IF it is true that a challenge was indeed given to team Concepcion, It is very doubtful that Pacman, Jaro et al turned it down. Concepcion’s management save for Roach who has reservations about Concepcion facing Lopez all believe that he is ready for a title shot, but Roach’s reservation stems more from Concepcion’s being untested in his fights more than anything else – Concepcion only fought as a Roach pupil in two fights and they all ended early. Interestingly, it is Roach who is confident on Concepcion jumping one division higher and challenging for bigger Steven Luevano’s WBO title.

If this is team Juanma Lopez’ way of regaining their ward’s lost manhood for ducking Concepcion before, it just won’t work. Masking their allegations in spanish and posting it in spanish speaking websites won’t change the fact that; one, Juanma ducked Concepcion and two, there WASN’T ANY CHALLENGE or even a FEELER sent to team Concepcion for a title shot. Olivier Lontchi may seem like a credible challenge for Juanma Lopez, but no way is Lontchi more dangerous than Concepcion or Bautista or even a Sod Looknongyangtoy. The Canadian barely escaped in his last fight, being knocked down in the first round and pummeled post to post in much of the early rounds by a fighter handpicked by Lontchi’s team to pad Olivier’s record. How the hometown judges saw that fight as a draw is beyond me.

Juanma Lopez and Abe Concepcion will meet in the near future, there’s no denying that, but team Lopez’ incredulous claims of Concepcion being scared of Lopez is nothing short of pathetic. Dream on.

Giovanni Caro tests Bernabe Concepcion on Sept 27

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2008 by scholarwarrior

From Ronnie Nathanielsz’ article on

The handlers of North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion (26-1-1, 15 KO’s) are matching him against Mexico’s tough Giovanni “Ruso” Caro to find out whether the hard-hitting 20 year old Filipino is ready for a possible title shot at WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano in the near future.

Michael Koncz who together with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Aljoe Jaro handles Concepcion said he will headline an exciting fight card promoted by MP Promotions (USA) in which two other Filipinos will also see action.

The fight card at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, just outside San Diego will see super featherweight Aaron Melgerejo, a one-time sparring partner of Pacquiao take on Alain Fernandez while lightweight Dennis Laurente clashes with Arturo Urbano.

In a female bout undefeated Chika Nakamura (6-0, 2 KO’s) will take on Tammy Franks. A couple of other slam-bang four rounders will spice up the card which Pacquiao said he was very happy about.

Celebrated trainer Freddie Roach said he wanted an opponent for Concepcion who was “durable and somebody who will give us some rounds.“ Apparently Caro is the man.

He forced Gabriel Perez to retire some ten seconds into the 8th round last July 30 and before that scored an 11th TKO over rugged Ricardo Castillo who boasted of a 33-5 record with 22 knockouts on May 2. Earlier, Caro scored a 9th round TKO over Oscar Ibarra who had a record of 13-1, 6 KO’s proving that Concepcion’s opponent is no pushover.

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Bernabe Concepcion targets Luevano!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by scholarwarrior

By Dennis Principe (Friday, August 15 2008 )

NABF Superbantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion is being lined-up to fight WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano this coming October. According to trainer Freddie Roach, Concepcion is poised to move-up in weight and get his first-ever shot at a world title. Roach made the revelation thru the daily Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” hosted by this writer.

In the same interview Roach said the fight may happen beneath the Kelly Pavlik-Bernard Hopkins fight set on October 18 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 20-year-old Concepcion, who fights under Top Rank Inc. in association with MP Promotions owned by Manny Pacquiao has a record of 26-1-1 with 15 knockouts.

Luevano meanwhile is a 27-year-old southpaw with a record of 35-1-1 with 15 knockouts. The La Puente California fighter won the crown by stopping Nicky Cook in the 11th round last July 2007 in London and has defended it three times. Listen to the interview with Freddie Roach.

Listen to Roach’ interview here>>>