Zambo’s Marvin Mabait scores third knockout PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 October 2013 11:46

Twenty-five year-old Bantamweight Marvin Mabait (19-1-2, 13 KO) of Zamboanga City wasted no time in scoring his third straight knockout on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico, nailing 24 year old Johnny Garcia  (18-5-1, 9 KO) of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico inside the first minute for the count. The bout was contested for a minor WBO belt. Both men weighed in at the division limit of 118.

The southpaw Mabait started with a pawing right jab and a long, missing right to the body. Both men attempted jabs and a Mabait combination attempt led to a tie up inside.  A pushing right to the head knocked Garcia off balance before a left to the body was blocked.  Mabait missed on a pair of rights but Garcia stayed in range as the Filipino continued to load up power shots.

A left to the temple and right hand between the eyes landed and Garcia went down in a crumple, laying back with his hands over his face and an expression of pain.  His motions indicated he may have broken his nose and he never even attempted to rise to beat the count, remaining on the deck for a protracted time as cornermen and the ring doctor entered to take a look.  The official time of the stoppage was :53 second of the first round.

Mabait’s lone defeat came in April 2012, a third round stoppage at the hands of then-undefeated countryman Marco Demecillo.  The loss is Garcia’s fourth inside the distance and first since a failed 115 lb. title attempt against WBO titlist Omar Narvaez.

Mabait entered the bout rated #10 by the WBO.  The current WBO titlist at 118 lbs. is Japan’s Tomoki Kameda (28-0, 18 KO).

Mabait is a product of “Golpe-Golpe na Barangay” , a project of former District 2Congressman Erbie A. Fabian and boxing afficionado  Arsenio “Rawhide” Nuevo. — BoxingScene.com