In September 2014 Filipino prospect John Vincent Moralde won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International title at Super Bantamweight, and on Saturday February 13 he became a two-weight titlist when he captured the vacant WBF International Featherweight crown.
At the Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, Philippines, Moralde had some early problems with co-challenger Anthony Sabalde, who came out strong and aggressive, but eventually the 21-year-old from Davao City found a way to handle the awkward southpaw style of Sabalde.
From the fourth round on Moralde worked well with his jab and straight right hand, and at times it appeared that he couldn’t miss with a one-two combination. The right eye of Sabalde was proof of this, as a swelling prompted the ringside doctor to inspect the injury after round eight, but he allowed the fight to continue.
The bout went the full ten rounds, but there was no doubt that Moralde was a clear winner. Judges Mario De Ramos, Romy R. Fordaliza and Jaime Mata all scored it 98-92 for Moralde, who remained undefeated at 15-0 (7). Anthony Sabalde drops to 10-5 (5).
The Moralde vs. Sabalde WBF International Featherweight title fight was the main event of a show billed as “Brawl At The Mall: Glory”, promoted by Sanman Promotions. A full undercard, including two Philippines national title fights, made it a great night of boxing for the local fans.