MANILA -- Filipino super-featherweight Mark Bernaldez lost on points to taller American opponent Albert Bell in their 10-round fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Bernaldez tried his best to get past Bell's guard, but the rangy American used his height advantage to fluster the Filipino en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Bernaldez fell to 20-4, 14 KOs, while the 6-foot Bell improved his undefeated record to 17-0.
He tried to duplicate the success of countryman and Sanman Promotions stablemate Mike Plania, who pulled off an upset against American opponent Joshua Greer a few weeks ago.
JC Manangquil of Sanman Promotions said Bernaldez will rest for a few days before discussing his next move.
"Magaling talaga gumamit ng height 'yung kalaban, I'm proud of Mark, he did everything na makaya niya," said Manangquil.
"Pa-relax ko muna siya a couple of days and I will talk to him what he wants to do next."
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