Mig Elorde retains WBO Asia Pacific Belt; Casey Morton retained WBO Asia Pacific Female title.
Once a year the boxing community gathers as one big family to celebrate the life of late great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and also fete the champions who have made a name for themselves in the international scene.
For Mig and Bai Elorde, honoring their grandfather meant going in the ring and and engaging in the sport that made him a legend.
In the main event, Mig faced off against Japan’s Shohei Kawashima. It was a tough battle for the Filipino youngster as he found it difficult to find the openings to hurt his challenger. After hurting his right hand during training a couple of weeks ago, he could not land his signature right straight as much in the fight. However, he found success in putting his punches together in quick combinations as Kawashima barged in to attack.
At the end of 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Mig, 115-113, 117-111, 117-111, for another successful defense of his WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight title. He improved his record to 28 wins with 15 knockouts against a single defeat.
“He really tested my stamina because he kept on attacking,” Mig said. “He was a hard worker so I’m happy it turned into a good fight.”
Mig is currently ranked fourth by the WBO in the super bantamweight category and maybe a couple of big wins away fro being able to challenge for the title.
In the undercard, Casey Morton scored a split decision victory against Japan’s Chie Higano to retain the WBO Asia Pacific Female Flyweight title.