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Tepora, Araneta make short work of hapless Indon foes

CEBU, Philippines - The undefeated Omega Boxing Gym stalwarts Jhack ‘El Kapitan’ Tepora and Christian ‘The Bomb’ Araneta made short work of their hapless Indonesian foes in the “Who’s Next? 4:Pro Boxing Series" on Saturday night at the Pacific grand ballroom of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Tepora (20-0, 15KOs) retained his WBO Oriental super bantamweight title with a masterful first round destruction of Yon Armed (14-8, 6KOs).

The 23-year-old Tepora jumped the gun on Armed right after the opening buzzer, launching a barrage of punches capped by a brutal left straight to the midsection that sent his foe down at the seat of his pants.

Armed failed to get up after the count of 10, forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to wave off the bout at 1:16 of the round.

"My coach instructed me to observe his move first but I immediately went aggressive when I saw a lot of opening in his defense," said Tepora. "It was an easy win that is why I am ready to fight again as soon as possible. I want to prove myself more."

Omega Pro Sports International President Pio Paulo Castillo said he is happy with Tepora's victory but at the same time expressed his disappointment because his ward wasn't able to showcase his full potential.

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"I think we need to raise it to a higher level next time," said Castillo. "It is time to look for a tougher opponent like a Mexican boxer. I know his (Tepora) full potential and we really need to test him against an opponent with a heavy resume."

Just like Tepora, Araneta (14-0, 12KOs) almost didn't break out a sweat in delivering a one-punch knockout of Demsi Manufoe (11-7, 8KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Oriental light flyweight belt.

Araneta played catch-up with Manufoe who was hesitant to engage, but the Omega Gym warrior suddenly flattened the Indon visitor with a crushing left uppercut to the jaw.

Lying prone on the canvass, Manufoe wasn't able to answer referee Tony Pesons' count, hence, the stoppage at the 1:41 mark of the opening session.

In the supporting bouts of the slambang show backstopped by OPSI and powered by Hyundai and GMA Sports ,  Cris Rosales (20-0, 8KOs) preserved his clean slate with a second round knockout of veteran Jerry Nardo (21-10, 11KOs), while Salatiel Amit (10-2, 7KOs) was pushed to the limit before pounding out a unanimous decision over Renerio Arizala (13-5, 5KOs).

It was actually a clean sweep by the Omega Gym pugs as Jerry Castroverde outpointed Ryan Quimbo, Feljune Taneo won by unanimous decision over Jeffrey Stella, Tomjune Mangubat stopped Marvin Tampus in the first round, Mark Vicellos battered Fabio Marfa, while Marjun Piencenaves outsmarted Mark Ando. (FREEMAN)

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