donaire-alvarez-20160320_ADAFBC0E0C7A44799F5E3F3601445CA2  UPSET WIN. Joebert Alvarez poses with trainer Nonito Donaire Sr after stopping Jonathan Gonzalez in Puerto Rico. Photo from Donaire’s Facebook –

Alvarez scores a 6th round technical knockout over the former amateur star in Puerto Rico to earn the biggest victory of his career.

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Joebert Alvarez scored the biggest win over his career, stopping Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez in 6 rounds at the Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Sunday, March 20.

Alvarez (15-1-1, 7 knockouts) of General Santos City, Philippines knocked Gonzalez (18-2-1, 12 KOs) down in round two before a combination put him down for the last time 4 rounds later, Alvarez’s trainer Nonito Donaire Sr tells Rappler.

The win earned Alvarez the vacant WBO NABO and WBC FECARBOX flyweight titles, regional belts which could position Alvarez for a world ranking with those organizations.

Gonzalez, a former amateur star in Puerto Rico, had been unbeaten in his last 6 fights following his lone career defeat, a fourth round knockout loss to former champion Giovani Segura in 2013.

Alvarez, 26, had shown hints of his potential in his previous fight in December of 2014, when he went the distance with WBO/WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada in a non-title fight.

Donaire Sr says Alvarez’s promoter All Star Boxing has plans of putting Alvarez on a fight card on July 9 against an opponent to be determined.



El invicto prospecto Joebert “Pequeño Pacman” Álvarez, de Filipinas, recientemente firmó contrato con Tuto Zabala Jr, de All Star Boxing Inc. y está listo para ingresar al mercado boxístico de los Estados Unidos.

Álvarez, de 23 años y oriundo de General Santos, está ubicado #10 OMB y #11 AMB. En su última pelea derrotó en el segundo episodio a Ronerex Dalut el pasado 26 de octubre en el Elorde Sports Complex de Paraneque City, Filipinas.

Actualmente posee un record de 13-0-1, con 6 KOs.

“Estamos felices de haber firmado a un joven prospecto como “Pequeño Pacman” y estaremos listos para trabajar con Nonito Donaire Sr. y su manejador Vinny Scolpino. Tenemos un equipo perfecto y apuntamos a una oportunidad mundialista en el futuro cercano”, comentó el promotor Zabala.

Tan pronto como este lista su visa de trabajo, Álvarez viajará a Estados Unidos para entrenar bajo la tutela de Nonito Donaire Sr y del manager Vinny Scolpino. El filipino será compañero de equipo del clasificado mundial #8 OMB y #10 AMB, Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait (19-1-2, 12 KOs), quien recientemente detuvo a Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia en el mismísimo primer asalto, en lo que fue su exitoso debuto en la serie Boxeo Telemundo.

The Palicte vs Rodriguez undercard bouts gives hard core fight fans a chance to size up other prospects.

Jerwin Ancajas (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will fight John Mark Bautista (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight match. Ancajas will be eager to bounce back after he suffered his first defeat in a tough majority decision loss to another talented prospect, Mark Anthony Geraldo last March in Cebu.

Undefeated Aston Palicte (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Vincent’s younger brother, will face by Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO), known for being the last opponent of the late Karlo Maquinto. Jerson Luzarito (6-1-1) fights Marzon Cabilla (9-7) in another ten rounder.

Reigning Philippine junior welterweight champion Adones ‘The Undertaker’ Cabalquinto (12-0-0, 8 KOs) of Top Contender Boxing Gym will engage in a 10-round non-title fight against Jaypee Ignacio of Elorde Gilmore, Quezon City. Cabalquinto gave Cebu fans a ring war to remember when he beat Dan Nazareno last March by twelve round unanimous decision at the Lapu-lapu City Hoops Dome.

A special attraction will be the fight between the young and unbeaten Joebert Alvarez (10-0-0, 4 KOs) against the tough veteran Nelson Llanos (22-28-3, 9 KO’s). Alvarez was one of the standouts in the boxing reality show “Buhay Boksingero”.

This boxing event will be covered by GMA TV Network. General admission for this event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

P.S.: Philboxing offers prayers for our countrymen in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces hit by non-stop rains and floods.

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.