September 30, 2023


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Jimenez Scores Hard-earned Decision Victory to Win the Oriental Youth Belt

MAYOR Stephen A. Palmares (right) and referee Antonio Pesons (3rd from left) raised the hands of John Kevien Jimenez after he was officially declared winner of the OPBF Youth Minimum weight championship via unanimous decision. Witnessing the proceeding were OPBF supervisor Arnie Najera (2nd from right) and Christine Cordon (left) of GAB Manila.


PASSI City, Iloilo Province – As expected youthful John Kevien Jimenez will have a tough time against Ramcie Mondala in the main event of the Youngbloods: The Fists of Fury boxing promotion presented by Chao Sy Sports Promotion, which is owned by Lorenzo C. Sy, and the LGU Passi City and Mayor Atty. Stephen A. Palmares at the City of Passi Arena on Saturday evening, September 16.


Jimenez received a 77-75 from Rolando Mendoza and Angelito Piquero and 78-74 from Arnel Pasion, to beat Mondala by unanimous decision and win the OPBF Youth Minimumweight title.


PROMOTER Lorenzo “Chao” Sy (left) was beaming with pride as he poses with his ward John Kevien Jimenez (right) after the latter won the OPBF Youth Minimumweight belt in the Youngbloods: The Fist of Fury Boxing Promotion held at the City Passi Arena on Sept. 16, 2023.

Meanwhile, another youthful sensation out of the Chao Sy Boxing Stable – Jemuel Arañas debuted in style as he scored his first knockout victory in 2:46 of the first round over Dondie Lariosa in the undercard.


Arañas scored two knock downs before referee Rex Ferrer decided the Talisay City-based Lariosa was no longer fit to continue after a series of body shots delivered by Arañas that sent him all-fours on two occasions.


ALEC Xandrhe Bonita raises his head with fingers pointing to heaven after he was awarded with the PBF Interim Light Flyweight belt by Mayor Stephen A. Palmares (left) and referee Romar Embodo (right) following his unanimous decision victory over Charlie Malupangue.

Also scoring an important victory was Alec Xandrhe Bonita who won the bout over Charlie Malupangue by unanimous decision to bring home the Philippine Boxing Federation Interim light flyweight belt.


“I am very happy that my hard work was paid off with this victory,” Jimenez said in Cebuano after he was announced the winner. “I owe this to my manager sir Chao Sy and my trainers/brothers Junrel and Jefre. For their guidance and patience in training me and for being at my corner (tonight) to guide me.”


THE New OPBF Youth champion. John Kevien Jimenez bawled as referee Tony Pesons raised his hand as he was announced winner by unanimous decision over Ramcie Mondala for the title. His brother and trainer Junrel Jimenez could help but smile while clapped his hands to celebrate the victory of his brother.

The 19-year-old Jimenez worked early to dominate the first five rounds.


However, Mondala took advantage when the youthful Cebuano puncher slowed down on the next three rounds.


It was fortunate that Jimenez had recovered in time to withstand the late flurries of the Parañaque-based Bato-Leyte native Mondala.


The other winners were Jeric Noynay of Bogo City who scored a TKO win over Jelou Libres of Duero, Bohol. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:48 of the second round.


The debuting Isaac Bermoy of Ubay, Bohol was the busier boxer as he defeated Vince Mapait of Bogo City via majority decision after four rounds.


The card was also held in partnership with Vice-Mayor Elyzer C. Chavez and Agrarian Under Secretary Jesry T. Palmares. RCM

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