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Drian Francisco loses to Chris Avalos

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Drian Francisco and Chris Avalos went toe-to-toe for 10 rounds in their super bantamweight bout Saturday (Manila time). Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino bet Drian Francisco yielded to American Chris Avalos in their super bantamweight bout on Top Rank’s ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas Saturday morning (Manila time).

Francisco (23-2-1, 18 KOs) lost via unanimous decision 94-96, 93-97, 93-97 to a taller and younger Avalos (22-2, 16 Kos) in a ‘brutal’ 10-round war, as per Top Rank boxing’s official twitter account.

The 30-year-old Francisco was a former WBA interim super flyweight champion.


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  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    In a space of 2 months,2 Filipinos (Maraon & Francisco)lost their bouts in ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.Ano bang nangyayari sa mga “boxing warriors” natin na ipinaparada sa Amerika?By golly,getting into the mainstream of the American TV is a gem for any foreign boxer to be showcased.They need to win.There are so much promise,glory,prize,adulation,success if a boxer keeps winning in this part of the boxing world.Any idea why Drian Francisco ran out of gas on the late rounds?He was doing good at the start and winning!! These losses will set them back for a repeat at TV appearances.That’s how brutal the sport is.Losing is not an option.

  • Laurent Demene

    how come u guys do not report on the most likely most promising filipino-born athlete today, Alphonse Areola, who will play the finals of the U20 football world cup in turkey later today ?



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