Boxing: Genisis Libranza makes successful US debut

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 11 2019 06:56 PM

"The Cobra" has sunk his teeth into the United States fight scene.

Genisis Libranza, 25, has finally gotten a taste of the big lights in the US. The Davao City native was successful in his debut on American soil, winning a unanimous decision against Mexican-American foe Gilberto Mendoza on Saturday.

The two battled in a flyweight match in the undercard of the Showtime's premier boxing champions Gervonta Davis-Hugo Ruiz fight card.

"Grabe, todo support sila sa Pilipino boxer, kaya masaya ako. Ganito result ng debut ko sa US," Libranza said after his match.

Libranza displayed his power, landing solid body shots throughout the eight-round affair. Mendoza managed to take the punches, however, and the two had some heated exchanges in the Dignity Health Sports Park.

"Hindi ako maka-counter, kasi 'yung kalaban ko tumatakbo," said Libranza. "So ako na mag-adjust na sumugod sa kanya."

With the result, Libranza's record now stands at 18 wins and 1 loss – with his lone loss a 2016 world title shot in South Africa against Moruti Mthalane.

Libranza is promoted by Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions.

He will now go back to the Philippines for a couple of weeks, then return to the United States where he will fight again in the spring.

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