Gabu­tan’s cham­pi­onship dream dashed

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Rod­er­ick Osis

A NASTY cut on the right eye brow from a head butt in the first round proved costly for Be­sao, Moun­tain Province pride Dayer Gabu­tan yield­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion loss to ZongLi Hei for the va­cant World Box­ing Coun­cil Asian Box­ing Coun­cil Sil­ver Su­per Fly­weight ti­tle.

Gabu­tan, who was up­beat of be­com­ing a cham­pion once again, pressed on the ac­tion in the early rounds but the cut both­ered the for­mer WBO Ori­en­tal ban­tamweight cham­pion all through­out the bout as he yielded to a younger ZongLi at the Olympic Park in Xi An, China.

With only three bouts un­der his name prior to fac­ing off Gabu­tan, ZongLi im­proved to 4 - 0 with one knock out while the 29 - year - old High­land Box­ing Gym fighter slid

to 20-7-3.

Gabu­tan recorded his 20th vic­tory against Roilo Golez in Septem­ber last year with a sec­ond round knock­out.

The 29-year-old Be­sao, Mt. Province then took time off af­ter his vic­tory last year to con­cen­trate on his stud­ies.

Although Gabu­tan has be­come a full­time stu­dent, the for­mer six time ban­tamweight cham­pion said he re­mained ac­tive at the High­land Box­ing Gym by spar­ring with his team­mates.

Prior to his huge win in Septem­ber last year, Gabu­tan lost five out of his six fights from 2013 to 2016.

Photo by Rod­er­ick Osis

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP HOPES. For­mer WBO Ori­en­tal ban­tamweight cham­pion Dayer Gabu­tan works out at the High­land Box­ing Gym in La Trinidad, weeks be­fore his World Box­ing Coun­cil Asian Box­ing Coun­cil Sil­ver Su­per Fly­weight ti­tle match up against ZongLi Hei.

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