Japan’s history of hometown decisions has claimed another victim.
Davao’s Engelbert “Aguila” Moralde lost by unanimous decision to Mexican ‘homeboy’ Kenbun Torres in a non-title bout held in Japan held on Saturday.
Whoever said fighting in Japan is easy does not know his boxing.
The 24-year old Dabawenyo boxer (9W-3L,6KO’s) got up to that rude awakening ater he failed to knock his foe down despite winning in the exchanges.
Philboxing reported that the official result was relayed by Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil.
In an e-mail statement, Moralde said, “I thought I did enough to win the fight. But I understand in this sport enough is not enough to get the decision if you are not the hometown fighter.”
Moralde dropped to his fourth loss at 9-4,6KO’s while the Japan-based Torres improved to 12-2,9KO’s.
Moralde, a former amateur standout, was coming off a big win after from his split decision loss to Joyjoy Formentera last year. He scored a unanimous decision victory against Jun Eraham in Tupi, South Cotabato last September.
He was hoping to set a wining trail again but could not hold off the 29 year old Torres (11W-2L,9KO’s) who was born in Celaya, Mexico but his last 12 fights were held in Japan after losing in his pro debut in Mexico in 2003.
His Boxrec record shows no activity from 2008 to 2015 but last April, he beat Thai Kaosaen Kaolanlekgym by first round TKO.
Engelbert is the brother of John Vincent “Mulawin” Moralde who rose to prominence after defeating an Aussie foe who later collapsed and died in the hospital.