Pinoy boxers suffer defeats abroad

December 23, 2015 6:30 am 

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 21 — Stablemates Markquil Salvaña and Jether "The General" Oliva from the Sanman Promotions of General Santos City suffered contrasting defeats in their separate fights on Saturday night abroad.

Salvaña suffered a 6th round technical knockout against hard-hitting Jason Moloney of australia in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania super bantamweight crown at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, australia.

Salvaña and Moloney traded punches in the first four rounds. But Moloney's stinging jabs swollen Salvana's right eye in the fifth round.

"We decided not to continue in order to avoid further damage on Salvaña's eye," said young promoter-manager Jim Claude Manangquil, CEO of Sanman.

The 19-year-old Salvaña, who failed to answer the bell at the start of the 6th round, suffered only his first loss against nine straight wins, three by knockouts while Moloney remained undefeated with five straight wins all by knockouts.

"He (Salvaña) is still young and has plenty of time," said Mananquil.

Mananquil congratulated Moloney whom he thinks has a bright future ahead.

Salvaña is the third Filipino victim by Moloney.

Oliva, on the other hand, dropped a unanimous decision to former International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa super flyweight title on Saturday in East London, South Africa.

The 27-year-old Tete improved his record to 22-3-0 (win-loss-draw) while Oliva, 28, current World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific flyweight title-holder, dropped to23-4-2.

Tete, a southpaw previously stopped Paul Butler by an 8th round TKO last March 6 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.

Last year, Oliva also fought but lost to Moruti Mthalane by a split decision in their 12-round title-fight for the vacant IBO world flyweight crown heldMarch 15 at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

"It's a bad year-ender for us in 2015," said Manangquil. (PNA)

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