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Garde Upsets Tanallon To Seize WBF Asia Pacific Title
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FIGHT REPORT   Photo: New World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Light Flyweight Champion Arnold Garde lands on Ronie Tanallon.

Underdog Arnold Garde scored the biggest victory of his career on Sunday, March 12, when he won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title with a close split decision over fellow Filipino Ronie Tanallon at the T´Boli Covered Court in T´Boli, Philippines.

Headlining “T´Boli Thunder 2” promoted by Sanman Promotions, It was a very competitive fight throughout all ten rounds, but Garde secured the victory when he scored a knock-down inside the final ten seconds of the fight, flooring Tanallon with a right uppercut.

Tanallon, nicknamed “Ultimate Warrior”, did his moniker justice as he beat the count of referee Ramuel Ovalo, but time ran out for Garde to follow up. However, it would turn out that winning the final round by 10-8 was the deciding factor for Garde.

Two judges, Jaime Mata and Sabas Ponpon, had him winning by scores of 95-94 and 96-93 respectively, while judge Romy Fordaliza voted for Tanallon by 95-94. Had Tanallon won the final round, which it could be argued he was on his way to, he would have been the winner by majority decision.

Garde, who showed his class when he lost a competitive decision to former world champion Randy Petalcorin in his last outing, improved his professional ledger to 8-4-2 (3). Tanallon, the reigning Philippines champion at Strawweight, drops to 10-4-1 (2).

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