Apolinar and Vicella from Omega Boxing Gym KO enemies in thrilling ‘Kumbati 10’ fights


Omega Gym’s Pete “Thunder” Apolinar (center) knocks out Jess Rhey “Wanman Waminal” in the 10th round during the main event of the “Kumbati 10” fight card on Saturday July 3rd. | Photo from Omega Boxing Gym Facebook page

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The mainstays or boxers of Omega Boxing Gym did not fail to entertain boxing fans after their thrilling but impressive victories on Saturday July 3, 2021 on the ‘Kumbati 10’ fight card at the IPI complex in Mandaue City.

In the main event, Pete “Thunder” Apolinar knocked out the equally determined Jess Rhey “Wanman Waminal” to win the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Silver Featherweight Title. Then Mark “Rastamac” Vicelles had the toughest fight of his career scoring a last-second knockout victory over Sanman Boxing Gym’s Jerven Mama in the main co-event.

Apolinar, the pride of San Pablo, Laguna successfully won the OPBF featherweight silver title and improved to 15 wins, one loss and nine knockouts after his masterful performance against tough Waminal (13-4-1 , 8KOs) from Bukidnon.

Waminal established himself as the aggressor in the first three rounds, beating Apolinar with head and body combinations, but the latter managed to block most of it. The same scenario continued in the following rounds.

However, Apolinar understood Waminal’s weakness by targeting the latter’s body in the eighth round.

Apolinar continued to target Waminal’s abdomen with vicious combinations. Waminal was almost knocked down in the ninth round after absorbing the shots to Apolinar’s body, but he was saved by the bell.

In the next round, Apolinar surprised Waminal with a right hook to the head that knocked him down for the first time in their match.

On the last lap, Apolinar landed a solid left counter-hook that landed in Waminal’s liver.

Waminal rolled around the canvas, wincing in pain, forcing the referee to stop the fight at exactly two minutes on the final round, granting the Omega Boxing Gym prodigy a technical knockout victory.

Mark Vicelles (left) eliminates Jerven Mama in the last round of their co-main fight in Saturday's meeting.

Mark Vicelles (left) eliminates Jerven Mama in the final round of their co-main event fight in Saturday’s “Kumbati 10” fight. | Photo from Omega Boxing Gym Facebook page

Meanwhile, the co-main event featuring two undefeated prospects at Vicelles and Mama ended with the latter being abruptly knocked out in the last second of the tenth round.

Vicelles was desperate for a knockout after sustaining a deep cut to his left eyebrow and getting hammered by Mama, who was winning the fight.

However, while backing up, Mama was hit with a solid straight left line that sent her across the canvas. Mom, who was groggy, tried to get back on her feet but couldn’t beat the referee’s count.

Vicelles went undefeated with 14-0-1 (win-lose-draw) with eight knockouts, while Mama suffered his first loss with 12-1 (win-draw) with seven knockouts.

Omega Boxing Gym Pugs have won all of their respective matches as Tomjune Mangubat (14-2-1.11KOs) defeated Ernie Sanchez (19-15-1.10KOs) in their 10-round duel by unanimous decision.

Mangubat’s teammate Franco Serafica (6-1-0.3KOs) won by unanimous decision over Jeffrey Stella (4-11-3.4KOs) in their six-round bout.

Benny Cañete (3-0, 2KOs) scored a sixth round TKO against Jimpol Dignos (2-1.1KOs) to remain undefeated.

The brothers Suganob de Regie (7-0-0.3KOs) and Rodel (3-0-1) respectively defeated MJ Bo (8-5-2.4KOs) and Mark Jequinto (4-7-1).

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