Philippine front-line boxers were not having a good start this year. It actually started late last year with the devastating defeat of Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to his long time rival Mexican master counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.
Although former super bantamweight kingpin Nonito Donaire won last year that lifted the spirits of Filipino fans but lost this year against Cuban two time Olympian, Guillermo Rigondeaux for the unification bout last week.
A week before Donaire was dethroned by Rigondeaux it was Brian Viloria who lost his world title in Macau. Brian came up short against a more determined opponent. It seems to me that Viloria lack the proper conditioning which is really his problem. When we look at his losses except for that KO lost. It seems that he is the tired boxer in the later rounds. He faded in the last four rounds in all his losses by decision.
Speaking of fading in the later rounds, Rey Bautista also lost his international title in the same passion against another Mexican, Ramirez. Bautista look so tired and keep on complaining to the referee although benefited a deduction but still unable to pull the championship round.
Bautista also instead of learning more tactics as he experience fighting instead seems his skills deteriorate. He lacks the lateral and head movement. He went for a brawl and the fans love it but lack the killer instinct to finished off a wobbly opponent who is ready to go. Instead of finishing the job he seems to rest.
The lost of Filipino boxing front liners might be because of their flaws but I did not take away the ability or the quality of their opponents. They are more determined boxers against the Filipinos this time.
However, 2013 is still long and I believed they can still end the year as champions again.