Unfazed By First Loss, John Delperdang Looks Forward


By Raymundo Dioses

This past Memorial Day weekend lightweight prospect John Delperdang packed his bags and traveled to the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas to fight on the undercard of the Premier Boxing Champions fight-card which was broadcast live by Fox Sports.

Delperdang was pitting his undefeated record up against Ricky Edwards, a PBC affiliate who was also undefeated heading into the bout.  It was a drag out affair that saw plenty of holding and clinching by Edwards, (who was docked in rounds two and four for his efforts) Delperdang controlling the tempo and looking to trade, and ultimately a majority decision in Edwards favor with two judges scoring it Edwards way despite multiple deductions in the six round fight and one judge seeing it a draw.

“I noticed he clinched, even from the first round.  It went like that the whole time.   It wasn’t a good fight.  It wasn’t a bad fight.  It was a clinch fight,” said Delperdang, who was nonetheless excited to make his Premier Boxing Champions debut and hopped on the opportunity even while serving as sparring partner for John Molina in advance of Molina’s bout against Ruslan Provodnikov next weekend.

Delperdang fought through clinches and even suffered a cut above his right eye midway through the bout as a result of repeated head clashes with the clinching Edwards (11-0).

The Eastvale, California resident consistently charged towards his opponent and was willing to exchange, but did not find a willing dance partner.  “Not too many fighters want a war nowadays.   I wanted to have my PBC debut to be with a banger.  Unfortunately I didn’t get that.”


The lightweight prospect fell to 6-1 yet was grateful to be showcased on a PBC card.  Delperdang soaked it all in, even grabbing some primetime television time by walking in and hanging around Erik Bone, who fought in the night’s main event against Miguel Vasquez.

Delperdang also enjoyed watching fellow professional Brandon Figueroa (brother of Omar Figueroa) as well as taking in the night’s main event while awaiting his own bout. Delperdang was also professionally photographed by the PBC staff for the event.

“The whole experience was cool.  To be in a different state, and on Memorial Day… some people’s jobs are to protect our country, and some have died doing that.  It’s an honor and I privilege that I have the opportunity to fight for a living, and that’s because of them.”

“I need another chance for a PBC fight… I got into boxing to fight.  I’m not worried about a win or a loss, I want to be in good fights.”

IMG_1674Delperdang with John Molina

Delperdang’s manager Bernie Valenzuela gave his opinions on the fight, making note of the judges scorecards even after two points were deducted, gave thanks to Premier Boxing Champions and is now looking to move forward with his fighter.

“Even before the fight, we knew he (Edwards) was weak and had no punching power,”  said Valenzuela, a Southern California based manager/gym owner who helped prepare the game-plan with Team Delperdang and studied Edwards’ previous bout against Azriel Paez in which Edwards ended up with a split decision win. “Our plan was to go inside.”

“The first round, it could have gone either way.  The second round, I knew we had that won after the first point deduction (for excessive holding).  The third round, we won it, and the fourth round, another point was taken.  After the second point deduction, I thought we had the fight won.  I thought the only way they could screw us was with a draw.”

Edwards received two point deductions for excessive holding during the six round bout, and the Paterson, New Jersey native seemed to be withdrawn and not seeking to execute a strategy to victory other than landing one shot and grasping hold of his opponent. The fifth and sixth frames ended in the same fashion of the rest of the bout, with Edwards holding even until the last 30 clicks of the final round.

Following the decision announcement with judge Ursolo Perez having it 57-55 Edwards, judge Reynaldo Campos scoring the fight a 56-56 draw and a deplorable scorecard of 58-54 from judge Anthony Townsend, (which would indicate Edwards won all rounds even with spending large amounts of time holding and clinching) Edwards trainer, the much respected Ronnie Shields, walked over and offered his opinion on the fight to Valenzuela.

“He (Shields) told me we didn’t win anything.  Your kid clearly won, your fighter (Delperdang) won.  I’m embarrassed, and I have no clue what the judges were looking at,” stated Valenzuela, who was disappointed in the decision of the bout, but nonetheless showered praise on Shields and the PBC for giving his fighter a shot and hopes that once again he will receive a call and another opportunity for his fighter.

“I’m glad that there are still world class trainers who honor their sport like Shields and I respect his thoughts on the decision.  I know Premier Boxing Champions is a stand up company, I know the sport is in good hands with the PBC, and I hope they give us another opportunity soon.”

Valenzuela and Team Delperdang are taking the loss in stride and still have high hopes for Delperdang, a strong and compact lightweight who began his career in July 2015 and turned 24 years of age the day following the bout.

“We aren’t crying.  We’re from the streets.  It was unjust for my young fighter to get a decision loss like that, but it does not derail our game plan.  We will move forward… The loss may even give us more of an opportunity if future opponents see the one loss on our record.  Don’t underestimate John ‘Bang Bang’ Delperdang.  We’ll be back.”

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