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Look for Concepcion’s “low blow” in this video

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by scholarwarrior

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“There was no way I was going to lose that Fight” – Concepcion

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by scholarwarrior
from Joseph Pimentel’s (AJPress) article
EL CAJON — There’s a saying “be careful what you wish for because you might just get it.” Freddie Roach had always said that Bernabe “The Real Deal” Concepcion needed tougher opponents to prepare for a world title.

Roach got more than he bargained for last Thursday night. At Manny Pacquiao’s first boxing promotional foray, MP Promotions, the 20-year-old Concepcion squeaked out a hard fought knockout victory against a tough chin, iron hearted Giovanni Caro of Mexico at the Sycuan Resort and Casino in San Diego.

“The Real Deal” Concepcion faced a real test. Concepcion’s last two fights ended in knockouts lasting five total rounds and he barely broke a sweat in either of those two fights. This one lasted eight rounds but he left the ring with a left eye the size of a baseball and had blood seeping through the corner slit of the eye.

Caro gave Concepcion fits all night long. Reminiscent of the Antonio Margarito vs. Miguel Cotto match up, Concepcion kept throwing his best shot at Caro but the strong willed Mexican kept coming.

During the first round, Caro landed a series of jab and right cross combinations aimed at the left eye of Concepcion.

In the second round, Concepcion landed a beautifully timed right cross to the chin of Caro, which immediately dropped him to the ground. This wasn’t enough to scare the Mexican fighter. And Concepcion did not try to finish him off.

By the fifth round, Caro continued to pepper Concepcion’s left eye, which by then had swelled to the size of a mouse.

It seemed that Concepcion threw the harder and cleaner punches at Caro throughout the night. However, the left eye now nearly shut bothered him creating a blind side that Caro quickly exposed. In between rounds, Roach’s corner was frantic trying to keep the swelling down as ringside doctors continued to monitor Concepcion’s eye.

In the eighth round, the two fighters were tangled up in the corner. Concepcion threw what seemed like a clean right uppercut to Caro’s right mid section area. However, Caro bent down like it was a low blow and the referee deducted Concepcion a point.

As Caro gathered himself, the ringside doctor made a quick check on Concepcion’s eye. The doctor was about to stop the fight due to the massive swelling around the left eye but Concepcion pleaded his case saying, “I can see. I can still see.”

With time running out and the doctor nearly stopping the fight, the predominantly Filipino crowd rose to their feet. Concepcion knew he had to finish the fight soon. He looked over to Pacquiao’s ringside seat. Concepcion bumped his chest twice with his fist and nodded over to the pound-4-pound king.

Once the referee began action, Concepcion pounced on Caro. Concepcion landed a series of right and left hooks cleanly to the head of Caro causing the latter to stagger towards the corner ropes. Concepcion continued to swing wildly and finished Caro off with another devastating right cross. Caro fell with his back towards the corner ropes. The referee counted him out.

After the fight, Concepcion, who required eight stitches after the match, said that there was no way he was going to lose that fight.

“I was just thinking of all the Filipinos out there in the crowd, [and] around the world supporting me,” said Concepcion. “I didn’t want to give up. I didn’t want to surrender. I wanted to keep going to give them a good fight so I kept fighting.”

He said that Caro was one of the strongest and best fighters he’s ever faced.

“He’s a good fighter and strong puncher,” said Concepcion. “He has a strong chin and even stronger heart.”

Roach said this fight would help Concepcion prepare for a world title shot.

“If we want to fight for a world title we needed some rounds instead of a two or three round fight,” said Roach. “He [Caro] gave me exactly what we wanted. It was a tough fight maybe more than we asked for but you know it’ll build character for Bernabe and now we know what to expect in tough fights. ”

Full article here>>>

KO Wins Just Don’t Cut It Anymore

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

El Cajon, CA — Bernabe Concepcion last night at the Sycuan Casino Resort has to muster all his skills and strength to finally win over Giovanni Caro, the Mexican Super bantamweight champion.

Although Concepcion scored a flash knocked down during the second round, a KD that surprised Caro more than hurt him and finally scored a KO in the 8th, with a flurry of urgently needed punches, Concepcion needs a lot more work before he is fully ready for a world title fight.

Perhaps, he needs as much as two or three more close fight as he had with Caro before he should be matched with any of the alphabet champions.

I know that many fans will disagree with me, but I believe Concepcion, at this point and time is a good and gutsy fighter, but is not yet in the same league as Juan Ma Lopez or Rafael Marquez.

Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri in a conversation with this writer at the Sycuan Casino after the fight indicated that Concepcion is good but “hindi pa siya hinog” (he is not quite ripe for the title).

Concepcion’s fight with Caro indeed proves that both Fernandez and Neri are right.

Dr. Ed dela Vega’s complete article>>>

His team has set such high standards that KO wins don’t cut it anymore for Bernabe Concepcion. He has to dominate his opponent in every aspect of the fight game otherwise he doesn’t earn respect. Now, is that good? Yes, in the long run because he won’t be content with just winning, he needs to win big and dominate! The downside of this though is that some detractors and critics (especially those that feel that Concepcion is not the country’s #1 super bantam prospect) gets much needed ammunition to question his skills and worth as a boxer.

These are some of the comments taken from boxing forums, from people who didn’t get to see the fight but are probably basing their criticism of Concepcion on what Dr. dela Vega wrote.

“What? He got beaten up with those swollen eyes by a bum. I thought he is the real deal and could win with an early KO with a bum opponent. tsk tsk tsk.. No future in boxing…”

“If this Caro guy fought Bautista, he would not last a couple of rounds… too bad for this kid (Abe), he is brainwashed by his trainer Jaro that he is really that good.”

“Abe’s an exciting fighter, with power in both hands, quick footed as well, but he better develop some defensive skills. Otherwise, he’ll be washed up in 5 years.”

“A prospect getting his left eye almost shut and fighting desperately against a bum opponent?
Not good…”

“Concepcion struggled with a bum?? He probably did what Trinidad did to Vargas and hit Caro with a low blow when he was in trouble.”

“I didn’t say put him in with a champ…someone with a 26-1 record like Concepcion needs to step it up. He needs to fight someone with a pulse and at least a little name. But if he struggled with “unknown” Caro… I guess they should still spoon feed him.”

“No matter what, you don’t get cut or go 8 rounds with a sublevel fighter unless you are not as good as advertise. You may get wobbled by a punch or go down by a surprise punch or whatever, but you don’t go 8 rounds and with a bloodied shut eye! No wonder why they didn’t what to put him with Juanma!”

These are comments coming from people who have not seen the fight. Let us not forget that Abe Concepcion has either knocked out or at least knocked down 7 of his 8 opponents in the US with Juan Ruiz being the only guy to escape being made to kiss the canvas.  Having a growing number of detractors and critics only mean two things; one, that Bernabe Concepcion has arrived and he’s now on that level where he needs to totally outclass every fighter he meets in the ring, and two, that every athlete that have detractors and critics also have a growing number of fans. With these developments, I actually pity Bernabe’s future opponents… because mere knockouts don’t cut it anymore for this 20-year old prospect.

Concepcion, Viloria and Laurente Winners in Sycuan!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by scholarwarrior

by Felipe Leon for

With the bout on the verge of being stopped due to his left eye being swollen shut, super bantamweight contender Bernabe Concepcion (27-1, 16 KOs) unleashed a desperate and brutal assault on Giovanni Caro (11-5-4) to knock out Caro in round eight on Thursday night at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. The end came at the 2:35 mark.

On the undercard, former world champion Brian Viloria (23-2, 13 KOs) won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Javier Lagos (15-13-2). Viloria is now scheduled to take on either Ulises Solis for the IBF jr flyweight belt or Cesar Canchila of Colombia for the WBA junior flyweight title on Dec. 13 in Macau. Junior welterweight Dennis Laurente (30-3, 16 KOs), another Filipino prospect, earlier scored a TKO win over Arturo Urena (20-16, 12 KOs). Urena wasn’t able to come out for round seven due to a cut under his right eye.

Another Filipino, Sonny Boy Jaro will be fighting this weekend. He’ll have the opportunity to fight for a title for the first time against former Viloria conqueror, Edgar Sosa. Like Concepcion, Sonny Boy Jaro is also a product of Aljoe Jaro Gym of Binangonan, Rizal.

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Bernabe Concepcion headlines Fight Night at Sycuan

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

Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Manny Pacquiao Promotions Present – “Fight Night at Sycuan: Philippines vs. Mexico”

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Manny Pacquiao’s next big test inside the ring will be against Oscar De La Hoya, but before he takes on boxing’s most popular figure, the four-division champion faces the challenge of co-promoting his first boxing show with Sycuan Ringside Promotions on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at Sycuan Resort and Casino in San Diego, Calif.

“I love the San Diego area,” said Pacquiao, who’s promotional company is titled Manny Pacquiao Promotions (MPP).  “Before I won my title against David Diaz, I spent several hours touring San Diego after one of our press conferences.   I can honestly say it is the most beautiful city in America.”

“Sycuan Ringside Promotions is extremely excited to be partnering with Manny in his first boxing promotion,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.  “You can only do this once and we’re happy to be a part of it.  We’ve lined up an exciting card with an exciting twist.”

The memorable night of boxing features Mexican boxers against Filipinos with the main event pitting Bernabe Concepcion against Giovanni Caro in a ten-round super bantamweight bout that begins at 7:30 p.m. PT, televised by Azteca America.

Concepcion, who is promoted by Pacquiao, is 26-1 with 15 knockouts while Caro is the Mexican 122-pound champion with a record of 11-4-4 with 9 knockouts.

Full press release here>>>