The Uncrowned Champ: Crisanto Pitpitunge

Former bantamweight champ Crisanto Pitpitunge may not have gone home with the flyweight belt last night at PXC 48, but we all know who the real champion is.

“You aren’t the champ until you beat the champ.” We’ve all heard that before. And last night, Pitpitunge did exactly that when he knocked out Alvin Cacdac in the very first round.

It was the overhand right that worked wonders for the Team Lakay fighter. He rocked Cacdac with this punch once to stun him, then again to knock the Fil-Am to his knees. “The Slugger” lowered levels and landed an uppercut to the chin of his opponent, knocking him flat to the canvas. The referee stepped in to stop the fight shortly after.

It was a devastating knockout, to say the least, and it ended PXC 48 on a high note for the partisan crowd.

The downside: Pitpitunge didn’t leave with the belt as both he and the champ failed to make weight for their fight. It wasn’t clearly indicated after the weigh-ins if Cacdac would remain the champ even if he lost at PXC 48.

If Cacdac retains his belt despite this loss, then you could say that he’s no more than a paper champion. After all, he just got KO’d by a guy from his same class who came into the fight the same weight that he did.

Technicalities would peg this bout as a catchweight fight with no title implications, but who are we kidding: Crisanto Pitpitunge is the uncrowned champ.

Photo by Mike Miguel

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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