Darap the pride of Calbayog City, Philippines and crowned WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight King

In a thrilling toe-to-toe battle, local pride Justine Darap delighted his city fans with crisp combinations and heavier artillery to diffuse the challenge of a game and brave visitor from Bohol, Philippines, veteran Robert Awitin for the vacant WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Championship.


Image: Bryan Salazar

The two exchanged bombs from the get-go with the youthful Darap having a slight edge on power and volume. Taking round 1, Darap continued his assault on Awitin on Rounds 2 and 3, with occasional response from Awitin on nicely placed counter punching of hooks and straights to the body and head of the Calbayog native.

At the end of Round 3, it was evident with Awitin's face the image of savagery of the war that was in progress. International Referee Romar Embodo went to his corner in between rounds to check on his welfare and was satisfied that he was ok and allowed the bout to continue much to the delight of the crowd.

The game Awitin pushed on in Round 4, sensing he had to come up with all he had to steal the fight from Darap. A solid overhand left by Darap in the middle of the round had Awitin staggering and immediately on the back foot.  Darap pounced on the opportunity and had Awitin pinned against the ropes.

Darap v Awitin
Image: Bryan Salazar

Darap v Awitin
Image: Bryan Salazar

An agonizing left hook to the body put Robert Awitin to the canvas for which there was no return. Referee Embodo reached the full count of 10 and then assisted the game Awitin to his feet. The entire arena of more than 10,000 spectators erupted as one in a thunderous rejoice seeing their beloved city producing its first ever WBF champion. Darap is now the WBF Asia Pacific Super Flyweight Champ.

Darap v Awitin
Image: Bryan Salazar

Darap v Awitin
Image: Bryan Salazar

In the interview after the fight, Darap thanked his parents, supporters and friends, especially the Mayor of the City of Calbayog and the Congressman of the 1st District of Samar for their support to this dream come true.

Darap v Awitin

Darap v Awitin

This fight was sanctioned by the WBF World Boxing Foundation led by President Mr Mick Croucher with the support of WBF Philippines Coordinator Mr Arnie Najera. There are several important fights scheduled for the WBF in the Philippines before years end and this Calbayog event is just the beginning of the resurgence of the WBF in the country.

Official Result – Justine Darap def Robert Awitin (KO 4 of 10)

Justine Darap


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