Huge upset in Dubai on Saturday 28th February as Vincent Astrolabio (Philippines) unanimoulsy outpointed Cuba’s  Guillermo Rigondeaux to win the vacant WBC International Bantamweight title.  The three judges scored unanimoulsy 95-94 for the new champion who dropped former ring superstar Rigondeaux in round eight.

Dubai Gulf Area Marena

by Phucan An Nguyen

February 26th 2022

Vacant WBC International Bantamweight Championship

Official weigh-in in Dubai at 10.30amLT on Friday 25 February

Vincent ASTROLABIO            117.13 Lbs  WUD10

Guillermo Rigondeaux             117.15 Lbs

Ukashir Farooq (born in Pakistan – based in Glasgow/Scotland) announced he retired from boxing.   The WBC International Bantamweight title is now vacant.

The Committee approved a vacant Championship to be held in Dubai next February 26th

Vincent Astrolabio (Philippines)

Guillermo Rigondeaux (Cuba)

Dubai Gulf Area Marena

Promoter:     Phucan An Nguyen

Date:            February 26th 2022

Vacant WBC International Bantamweight Championship




Former WBC International Bantam-weight champions in this division

Ukashir Farooq,  Pakistan

Alejandro Santiago Barrios,   México

Duke Micah,   Ghana

Ryan Burnett,  Northern Ireland
Ernesto Saulong,  Philippines
Silvester Lopez,  Philippines
Rex WAO,  Philippines
Alberto Guevara,  Mexico
Dennis Tubieron,  Philippines
Hiroki Shiino,  Japan
Thangthong Kiattaweeksuk,  Thailand
Carmelo Ballone,  Belgium
Vincent Palicte,  Philippines
Nick Otieno,  Kenya
Vusi Malinga,  South Africa
Abner Cordero,  Philippines
Ricky O. Gayamo,  Philippines
Jovi Halog,  Philippines
Armando Castro,  Mexico
Samir Laala,  Algeria
Vince Feeney,  Great Britain
Willy Antonio Perdomo Medina,  Dominican Republic
Samuel Duran,  Philippines
Saming Kaitpetch,  Thailand
Roger Galicia,  Philippines
Juan José Estrada,  Mexico
Khulile Makebaì,  South Africa
Concepción Velazquez,  Mexico
Wongso Indrajit,  Indonesia
Donnie Hood,  Scotland

**Raul Valdez,  Mexico
Raul Valdez has been the first fighter ever to win a WBC International title *****