By REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS/RC- PIA CAR
BAGUIO CITY — The son of the Igorot boxing legend, Rey Tam, is now making his mark in the international boxing scene.
The pride of Kapangan, Alvin Tam, won his first international title recently over knock out artist Eduardo Edurot Jr. after 26 seconds in the 5th round to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Council Continental featherweight title.
Tam actually toppled his opponent once in the 4th round with a series of combinations and a right straight for a mandatory eight count in the event dubbed as the ‘Fight for Glory’ which was presented by Naris-Sobrepena-LTBM Highland International Boxing Promotion.
Tam was fresh from an eight round victory against Prell Tupas in October and now holds a record of 13 wins including three knockouts and three loses while handling Edurot his second loss of his 11 fights with eight knock outs.
The boxing world is expecting Alvin Tam to surpass what his father has accomplished in his career as a boxer. Rey Tam is the only Igorot fighter from Benguet who really made headlines.
Rey Tam was ranked No. 1 by the WBC in the super feather weight division and brandished an unbeaten streak of 23 fights when matched against defending champion Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua in a title fight at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California in 1978.
Meanwhile, in the under-card, Micheal Rodriguez of Highland Boxing Gym and Lionel Mark Duran of Panagan stable settled for a majority draw in their 10 rounder affair for the vacant Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) flyweight title.
Rex Wa-o of CJH Highland stable knocked out Jovill Morayan of the Art Afable stable in the second round to stay undefeated after five bouts including four knock outs while handing Morayan his 12th loss against seven wins and three draws.
Another Highland boxer, Carlo Magale, scored a technical knock-out after Gerald Ubatay of Aljo Jaro stable failed to answer the bell in the third round for his 30th loss. # nordis.net