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Carlo Peñalosa claims WBC Asia title after close win over Amit

Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PUERTO PRINCESA—Carlo Peñalosa took home the WBC Asia silver flyweight title after subduing fellow Cebuano Salatiel Amit in the headliner of Battle of Palawan: Night of Champions at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum on Friday night.

The nephew of boxing legend turned fight promoter Gerry Peñalosa took charge late in the 10-round main event of the key highlight of the 55th OPBF Convention, but he had to settle for a split decision win as Amit showed grit until the final bell.

The match started slowly, but both fighters made good connections, setting up a tight showdown.

Carlo Peñalosa then caught fire in Round 5, pouring it on with renewed aggression, and the strikes continued until Round 9.

Amit, however, never wavered and even put one final push right in the final round, eventually getting the nod from Judge Noel Flores.

Flores gave a 96-94 edge for Amit, but Ferdinand Estrada and Alberto Dulalas both scored the match 96-94 for Peñalosa.

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