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Maasin boxer loses fight in questionable conditions

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CTIY (26 September) -- A rising, homegrown slugger failed to grab the World Boxing Council (WBC) International minimumweight crown from its current holder, not because of convincing defeat but because of highly suspicious circumstances.

According to reports published in some national papers there was a sudden brownout -- in the ring only, not in other parts of the venue -- in round 7, the round which gave Alex Aroy the upper hand over his opponent, Zukisani Kwayiba.

The fight, which was held at the Carousel Hotel and Casino in Temba, South Africa, last September 21, was Aroy's first crack at the international boxing ring after having won the Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) light flyweight title, the first Maasinhon -- he is from barangay Maria Clara here -- to have reached this high in a boxing career.

Mayor Maloney Samaco, the Chair of the Maasin City Sports Council that trained and developed Aroy over the years, said he was called by Wakee Salud on Sunday, September 23, and was informed about Aroy's mysterious loss.

Speaking live over DYDM this morning to air his reaction on the bout, Samaco did not hide his frustration, saying the feeling was shared by those well-meaning South Africans and Filipinos in the audience watching the fight.

Samaco confirmed published reports that by round 6 and 7 Aroy was pummeling the Souther African warrior, dubbed "Troublemaker", into near submission and then the lights suddenly went out.

But he wondered that other areas of the Hotel were well lighted, and that there was no standby generator in such a case, adding that the place has been notorious for hometown decisions.

"Under WBC rules, where there's a power failure for five minutes, they go to the scorecards, and two South African judges gave a score of 68-66 in favor of Kwayiba, the non-African judge had a tie at 67-all," Samaco disclosed.

Power was back in 7 minutes, Samaco added, but it was all over.

Samaco quoted Salud as saying they are working for a rematch this coming November in the Philippines, in Manila, obviously to let the world see who the real winner should be in a clean and even fight.

And Manila should make sure there will be no brownout by then. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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