Bacolod boxer losses OPBF title to Rufino

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


BACOLOD City's Mark Gil Melligen (21-5-1, 12 KOs) failed to capture the vacant Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) featherweight title after a technical majority decision loss to veteran fighter Vinvin Rufino (37-16-3, 16 KOs) of the Elorde boxing stable on Wednesday night at the Manila Hotel.

After a close and tough fight through 8 rounds, an accidental headbutt caused a nasty cut on Rufino’s right eyelid forcing referee Virgilio Garcia to stop the match on advice of the ring physician.

The fight went to the judges’ scorecards and read as 77-73, 77-74 and 75-75, all in favor of the 33-year-old Rufino.

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The 27-year-old Melligen, of Barangay Pahanocoy in Bacolod City, was knocked down twice – one in Round 2 and the other in the third round.

Before this loss, Melligen was on a winning streak with eight victories, including a fourth round TKO victory over Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan of Thailand winning the World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight title last year in China.

Meanwhile, Filipino boxing legend “Flash” Elorde’s grandsons also displayed great performances during the under card bouts.

Juan Miguel “Migs” Elorde captured the WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight title, his first belt as a professional, with a unanimous decision victory over Thai Tabthong Tor Buamas. Elorde dominated the Thai fighter throughout the match.

Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde also kept his WBO Asia pacific junior lightweight title via a unanimous decision win over Japanese challenger Hirotsugu Yamamoto.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 28, 2015.

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