By Dave Achondo
AFTER almost two weeks of waiting Dexter Alimento winner of the recently concluded WBC Youth World Minimumweight title fight last January 29, against an undefeated opponent Chanchai CPFreshmart in Chiang Rai, Thailand has finally received his belt earlier last week from the World Boxing Council.
The belt was supposedly be given to Alimento after winning the fight as any boxing title fights does, but the thai boxers side did not surrender the belt immediately which prompted Alimento’s promoter to file a complaint.
Alimento’s boxing promoter Charlemagne C. Marban III of 3 Jewels Boxing Promotions of this city wrote a complaint to the World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman and World Boxing Council Supervisor Edward Tangarajah stating that the Thai boxer’s stable failed to give the belt after their controversial fight which clearly shows Chanachai has lost the fight then and there after he collapsed on his stool by the end of the eighth round and was unable to continue.
In the promoter’s letter it reads “That the undersigned respectfully request to these prestigious Boxing Organization the World Boxing Council and to Mr. Piyarat Vacirattanawong, President of Petchyindee Boxing Promotions to award the Boxing Belt to the Newly Champion Dexter Alimento who was the victor of the contest.”
Meanwhile, in a phone interview with Rey Marban Alimento’s manager said they have traveled 20 hours by land and 10 hours by plane back to Cagayan de Oro without the belt in their corner which made the victory bittersweet on their stable’s and especially to Alimento who fought for it.
“20 hours total land trip and 10 hours total by plane ang travel namo wala pa gyud gihatag ang belt, grabe man gud ka upset sila didto kay bugbug kaayo ilang boxer. Wala gihatag ang WBC Belt wala pa gyud sila nag explain busa gi sulatan namo ang WBC president,” Rey said.
According to Rey if the fight would have continued they would have lost it via scorecard; Chanachai was up 77-75 on all three judge’s scorecards, unfortunately the defending champion collapsed on his stool by the end of the eightound which caused him his belt.
“Na collapse si Chanachai ug gidala sa ICU wa na kabangon, pero kung nahuman ang dula pilde ta,” Rey said.
The Thai had been applying plenty of forward pressure and Alimento spent much of the fight backed up against the ropes but the cleaner shots were clearly coming from the Filipino who sneaked several hard uppercuts through his opponent’s high guard. (dave achondo)