Hot Filipino prospect Jade “Hurricane” Bornea struck America last night and he delivered, winning a 10-round split decision over previously unbeaten Ernesto Delgadillo, to capture the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super flyweight title.
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Fighting for the first time as a professional in the United States, the 24-year-old Bornea (15-0, 1o KOs) went into the fight rated No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 15 by the World Boxing Association (WBA). He is a former IBF World Youth and World Boxing Oriental Youth super flyweight champion.
Last night on a show presented by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions, Bornea made a name for himself outside his native Philippines with an impressive victory against Delgadillo (11-1-2, 2 KOs), a former World Boxing Council (WBC) United States super flyweight titlist.
The 10-round main event was split into almost two different fights: Delgadillo effectively jabbed his way to take the early rounds, and he registered a somewhat questionable knockdown in the sixth round. Bornea successfully closed the distance after three rounds, sitting in the pocket and becoming more aggressive as the fight went on.
Bornea won a split decision (96-93 X 2 & 93-96) to become the new NABF super flyweight champion.
In the co-featured event, Northern Ireland middleweight Connor “The Kid” Coyle improved his record to 12-0 (5 KOs), needing only three minutes to take care of business. Coyle connected on a crisp combination at the end of round one, hurting his Mexican opponent, Miguel Dumas (11-3, 8 KOs). On the advice of the ringside physician, referee Joel Scobie halted the action after round one for a Coyle TKO win.
In a battle of undefeated Northwest light heavyweights, Seattle’s Richard VanSicien (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a first-round stoppage of Abraham Martin (5-1, 5 KOs), of Oregon, when referee Jack Reiss waved off the fight after one round.
Washington super lightweight William Hernandez-Gomez (4-0, 2 KOs) pitched a shutout against Abdul Kamara (1-2), winning all four rounds in convincing fashion.
In a rematch of a draw, Washington super lightweight Margarito Hernandez (1-0-1) won a unanimous 4-round decision over intra-state rival Joshua Wheeler (0-1-1); Tacoma, WA featherweight Jerrell Barbour (1-0) won his professional debut with a 4-rround unanimous decision over Kendall Ward (0-6).
Florida middleweight Glenn Hagler, Jr. (4-1, 2 KOs) and Oregon’s Charon Spain (1-13-2) fought to a 4-round draw.
Official results below:
MAIN EVENT – VACANT NABF SUPER FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Jade Bornea (15-0, 10 KOs), General Santos City, Cota del Sur, Philippines
WDEC10 (96-93, 96-93, 93-96)
Ernesto Delgadillo (11-1-2, 2 KOs), Dallas, TX
(Bornea won NABF super flyweight title)
CO-FEATURE – MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Connor Coyle (12-0, 5 KOs), Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
Miguel Dumas (11-3, 8 KOs), Tijuana, Mexico
Richard VanSicien (8-0, 4 KOs), Seattle, WA
Abraham Martin (5-1, 5 KOs), Medford, OR by way of Mexico
Glenn Hagler, Jr. (4-1-1, 2 KOs), Daytona Beach, FL
D4 (39-37, 38-38, 37-39)
Charon Spain (1-13-2), Portland, OR
Margarito Hernandez (1-0-1), Wapato, WA
WDEC4 (39-35, 39-35, 38-36).
Joshua Wheeler (0-1-1), Blaine, WA
William Hernandez-Gomez (4-0, 2 KOs), Burlen, WA
WDEC4 (40-35, 40-35, 40-35)
Abdul Kamada (1-2), Vancouver, WA by way of Sierra Leone
Jerrell Barbour (1-0), Tacoma, WA
WDEC4 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37)
Kendall Ward (0-6), Colorado Springs, CO