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Filipino Boxer Moralde Knocked Down in One Round, Bernaldez, Bacon Scored KO Wins


Filipino boxer John Vincent Moralde suffered a devastating first round stoppage defeat to Mexican Jose Enrique Vivas on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at The Bubble at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Davaoeno Moralde was actually the aggressor early in the match as he landed nice jabs against Vivas but the latter found his groove and sent the Filipino to the canvas with a left to the face.

With Moralde already wobbly, Vivas went for the kill as he connected with two wicked body shots that sent the Filipino down anew. The referee immediately stopped the fight after seeing Moralde grimacing in pain.

With the defeat, the 26-year-old Moralde saw his boxing record dropped to 23-4-0, including 13 stoppage wins, while the 26-year-old Vivas improved his slate to 20-1-0, with 11 knockout wins.

The Moralde-Vivas match was one of the undercards of the WBA, IBF, WBO world lightweight clash between American Teofimo Lopez and Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko, which was won by the former via unanimous decision.

Over at the Manual Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida, Moralde’s fellow boxers under Sanman Boxing Promotions in Mark Bernaldez and Jameson Bacon scored impressive wins.

Bernaldez scored three knockdowns before finally stopping Julian Evaristo Aristule in three rounds, while Bacon made a triumphant US debut when he finished off Argentinean Gonzalo Carlos Dallera in two rounds.

PHOTO: John Vincent Moralde. Photo courtesy of Sanman Promotions.