Former Two-time world title-challenger Jether Oliva was scheduled to fight Louie Arlos for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Light Flyweight title this Saturday at the Lagao Gymnasium in General Santos City, Philippines.
However, Arlos pulled out of the bout on just a few days notice, and the promoters had to rush to get a new co-challenger, and someone who would not be a total mismatch against the experienced and accomplished Oliva.
In came 23-year-old “veteran” Wilber Andogan, coming off an impressive second round stoppage victory over prospect Oliver Gregorio in March, and with the experience of five championship fights under his belt. No doubt a significant underdog against Oliva, but he proved to be far from a sacrificial lamb.
Oliva came out boxing well in the first round, and used his left jab well to keep Andogan at bay. But the late substitute was determined to make the most of his unexpected opportunity, and seemed happy to take two shots to deliver one of his own.
As the rounds went by, it became clear that this would be no easy blow-out for Oliva, and that he would have to work hard to win. Experiencing leg cramps early on, he was not able to totally keep Andogan away, and there were a few intense moments for the favorite, where Andogan connected with some good shots.
But while Andogan made an honorable effort, and tried his best to land the hard punches that could get Oliva out of there, Oliva managed to control the distance with the jab, and mix in some precise right hands and hooks to win most of the rounds.
In the end, after ten interesting and entertaining rounds, judge Alberto Heramil scored the fight 99-91, Judge Romeo Fordaliza scored it 97-93, while Alberto Brembot Dulalas had it all even at 95-95, resulting in a majority decision victory for Jether “The General” Oliva.
On a mission to get a third crack at a world championship, the new WBF International Light Flyweight Champion improved his professional ledger to 21-2-2 (10). The brave Wilber Andogan drops to 10-15-4 (4), but proved to be a clear example of someone much better than his mediocre statistics suggest.
The fight was promoted by JM Promotions in cooperation with Sanman Promotions.