Pinoy pugs mauled in Australia
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
FILIPINO boxers fighting out of Sydney, Australia continue to get
massacred in horrendous mismatches, prompting Filipinos residing in
Australia to appeal to to this writer to inform the Games and Amusements
Board about what is going on and to ask chairman Eric Buhain to take
In the latest travesty, Jun Geraldino, fighting as a lightweight, was
stopped at 1:42 of the third round by Australian Tyrone “The Cyclone”
Tongia at Club Marconi in Bossley Park, Sydney.
It was Geraldino’s sixth straight loss this year, including three by
knockout and one by TKO. The Filipino has a record of 2 wins against 9
Tongia, whose win was described as impressive by boxing writer Rey
Wheatley, has a record of seven wins compared to only a loss with three
wins by knockout.
In another blatant mismatch, outstanding Australian prospect and
lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna, who is undefeated in 10 fights
with 7 knockouts, scored a TKO at 1:54 of the second round against
Filipino southpaw Junmar Dulog.
It was Dulog’s fifth straight defeat giving him a record of 4 wins, 9
losses and 1 draw.
Wheatley said Zappavigna “looked good in stopping the well-performed
Last Aug. 3, sportsnut.com reported that Australian light
middleweight champion Ryan Waters (7-2-1) “chopped down Ariel Omongos
3-10 of the Philippines in Sydney to capture the IBF Pan Pacific and IBO
junior middleweight crowns” with Omongos referred to as a “Filipino ace”
which promoted a Filipino resident in Sydney to ask, “can you really
consider Omongos with a record of 10 losses in 13 fights a Filipino
The only Australia-based fighter who has made a name for himself with
some fine performances is Initernational Boxing Federation Pan Pacific
lightweight champion Ranee “KO Kid” Ganoy who counts an eighth-round KO
over former World Boxing Council super featherweight title challenger
Robbie Peden who went 12 rounds in a title fight with Marco Antonio
Barrera and a seventh-round TKO over undefeated former Commonwealth
champion Fatai Onikeke among his six straight wins. Ganoy has a record
of 19 knockouts in 23 wins with 10 losses.