Bornea knocks out Obbadi, inches closer to IBF title shot

Published January 15, 2022, 3:10 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Undefeated Filipino boxer Jade Bornea unloaded a hefty liver shot which sent Mohammad Obbadi down his knees in the third round of their IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator Friday, Jan. 14 (Saturday in Manila) in Monterrey, Mexico.

(Photo by Probellum)

After putting heavy pressure on Obbadi, Bornea took his sweet time for a counter right hook before unloading a solid left uppercut on the midsection, leaving the Moroccan boxer grimacing and catching for breath on the canvas.

Obbadi took the full count at the 1:25 mark of the third round as Bornea remained unbeaten in 17 matches on top of his 10 knockouts.

It was all Bornea from the second round but the third frame proved to be instrumental for the Filipino after landing more significant shots before timing the knockdown-turned-knockout.

The 26-year-old Bornea threw solid right hooks which forced Obbadi to pull back and adjust until the Filipino landed the counter right and the left uppercut finisher.

Obbadi fell to a 22-2 record with 13 KOs.

Interestingly, compatriot Jerwin Ancajas has been keeping the IBF junior-bantamweight title for 10 straight wins since capturing it last September 2016.

Ancajas is set to face Argentine foe Fernando Daniel Martinez reportedly next month with the final venue yet to be announced.

With Bornea’s win, he has become the No. 1 IBF contender and the mandatory challenger between the winner of the Ancajas-Martinez bout.

 
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