– Obbadi collapses on the third round: the world chance will go to the Filipino Bornea


The Mexican trip to Mohammed Obbadi (22-2-0, 13 KOs) did not end in the way hoped for. At the Jacales Auditorium in Monterrey, the Tuscan boxer collapsed on the third round after a deadly blow to the body of the Filipino Jade Bornea (17-0-0, 11 KOs), thus losing the chance to become official challenger to the IBF superflyweight world title. Now the winner will await the voluntary defense of the belt by the defending champion Jerwin Ancajas to then play his cards.

Bornea, 26, nicknamed “Hurricane”, started the first take very aggressively, constantly moving forward and trying to operate his combinations to the body and then close them with dangerous blows to the face. Obbadi, however, responded well, moving easily on his legs, failing many of his rival’s attacks and making the most of his direct right of first intention. Although being preferred on a technical level, our athlete gave the feeling of not being incisive because his shots, very beautiful and elegant to the eye, did not seem to bother Bornea and they did not arrest his pace.

In the second round, the Filipino boxer raised the pace further, managing to gain more often the short distance and imposing tight exchanges dangerous and spectacular. Obbadi reacted with great courage replying immediately after each blow without being overwhelmed but the difference in physical consistency between the two boxers emerged in an increasingly evident way. Nonetheless, the Moroccan boxer transplanted to Italy favorably impressed the Mexican commentators of ESPN who in fact attributed to him both shots of opening.

Unfortunately, in the middle of the third fraction an increasingly strenuous Bornea made Obbadi retreat towards the ropes with a violent right hook and then closed the games with a upright to the body as a textbook. The Tuscan boxer collapsed to the carpet in pain and listened to the referee’s full count without hinting to get up. The match then ended by KO after 45 seconds from the start of the third round.

Tonight’s opponent turned out to be really hard for Mohamed Obbadi who struggled to find the most congenial distance to him due to Bornea’s vehement and irrepressible attacks. The Filipino bet as usual on its power, trying to assert it for the entire duration of the fight in order to make the technical disadvantage irrelevant which in fact at the end of the fair did not weigh on the final result. The pupil of Leonard Bundu he tried to follow the instructions of his corner relying on match shots and quick combinations but while managing to score the opponent’s left eye he never forced him to be cautious, thus allowing himself to be overwhelmed.

A negative evening therefore for our colors in terms of results. At 28, however, Obbadi still has room for improvement and all the credentials to get back on track and earn other prestigious opportunities.

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