No upset as Mark Bernaldez bows to taller Albert Bell

Alexander Bell vs Mark_Bernaldez. TOP RANK PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Mark Bernaldez disappointed in his Las Vegas debut after losing to the much taller Albert Bell via unanimous decision in their 10-round lightweight bout at The Bubble inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

All three judges scored the bout 100-90.

The 6-foot Bell was six inches taller than Bernaldez and used that massive reach advantage, 73″-67″, to maintain control against the outworked Filipino.

Bernaldez, who managed to find the target 46 out of 319 times (14%), tried his hardest to close the distance but Bell was simply more efficient at putting the Filipino at bay, landing 125 of 418 of his punches (30%).

Bernaldez, who hails from General Santos City, also absorbed 29 blows to the body, 11 more than what he could muster.

Bell improved his winning streak to 17 matches against zero losses while Bernaldez (20-4) has now lost three of his last six bouts.


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Mercito Gesta looks to bounce back vs undefeated Tanajara

FILE — Jorge Linares (L) of Venezuela throws a left hand at Mercito Gesta during their bout at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Mercito Gesta, a former World title contender, gets a chance to get back in the win column after a disappointing 2019.

Golden Boy Promotions announced on Wednesday that Gesta will face Hector Tanajara on July 24 in a lightweight bout at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Gesta and Tanajara will be the co-main event in the Vergil Ortiz-Samuel Vargas card that will be broadcasted live on DAZN.

“I am so excited to fight on July 24 against a talented, young, and very technical boxer in Hector Tanajara Jr.,” said Gesta in a statement.

Gesta had an interesting regimen in the lead up to the fight as he was virtually conditioning training with his team in San Diego while he stayed in Los Angeles with trainer Marvin Somodio getting his rounds at Wild Card Gym due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the biggest fight of his career, Gesta lost via unanimous decision to t Jorge Linares for the WBA World and WBC Diamond lightweight title

He followed it up with a win against Robert Manzanarez via majority decision, but got knocked out by Juan Antonio Rodriguez and settled for  draw with Carlos Morales in his final fight of 2019.

Tanajara (19-0, five knockouts), who hasn’t lost a bout in his professional career, is putting his WBC United States lightweight title on the line.

“I’m ready for the best of the division,” said Tanajara. “I want to be a World champion, and the only way to do that is to beat tough fighters like Merit Gesta who has challenged for a World title and is a southpaw with a

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Mike Plania can’t wait to celebrate upset win back home

Mike Plania after stunning Joshua Greer in their catchweight fight at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Photo from Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s latest boxing sensation Mike Plania can’t wait to celebrate the biggest win of his career with his family back home.

With the coronavirus pandemic still at large, the General Santos City native said he will make sure to follow the necessary procedures for the safety of everyone.

“I know all the hassles I will have to go through but it’s fine as long as everyone’s safety is ensured. I will comply with all the procedures just to be with my family again. I badly miss my family, baby and of course I can’t wait to celebrate my victory with my Sanman Team,” Plania said in a story on boxingscene.com.

Plania is scheduled to return home on Saturday (Manila time).

As far as his future is concerned, his manager and Sanman Promotions CEO JC Manangquil said their team is looking for a title shot for Plania at 122 pounds.

The 23-year-old Plania (24-1, 12 KOs) stunned WBO bantamweight contender Joshua Greer Jr. two weeks ago at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.


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