The new Interim World Boxing Association Featherweight Championship is from the Philippines. For the 22nd time, Jhack “El Capitan” Tepora, 25, won a professional boxing bout.
Fighting out of Cebu City, Philippines, Tepora was one of the Filipino boxers who competed on the undercard of the “Fight of Champions” boxing event of MP Productions at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15, 2018. He faced Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega, 28, ofTijuana, Baja California, Mexico for the then vacant Interim World Boxing Association Featherweight Champion title.
Referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. put a stop to the bout between Tepora and Ortega at 2:38 of Round 9. The Filipino boxer knocked out his Mexican opponent.
The Interim World Boxing Association Featherweight Champion title bout was one of the four title bouts were on the “Fight of Champions” card. It was also the last bout on the undercard before the main event.
In the main event of “Fight of Champions,” Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39, of General Santos, South Cotabato, Philippines challenged reigning World Boxing Association (Regular) Welterweight Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 35, of Trelew, Chubut, Argentina.
Tepora has been competing professionally since 2012. His first 20 bouts all took place in the Philippines and were all against a fellow Filipino boxer.
“Fight of Champions” marked the second time Tepora competed outside the Philippines. On September 22, 2017, he competed at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa where he won the then vacant World Boxing Organisation Inter-Continental Featherweight title by knocking out Lusanda Komanisi.
By winning at “Fight of Champions,” Tepora improved his professional boxing record to 22 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Ortega’s record downgraded to 26 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.