This is the Historical Araneta Coliseum, or the "Big Dome."
The famous "Thrilla in Manila," the Ali-Frazier World Heavyweight Championship Fight, was held here, and with many seats left before the undercards. It is the venue of the "Global Supremacy" where Filipinos will test their mettle and fight for victory.
Here is an image of the author inside the venue of the fight. It is heart-thumping and mind-boggling to enter this mythical coliseum. After all, it is the place where legends are born.
Here, the great Jimmy Lennon is in the center of the ring. I was finally able to see him in person. Before, I could only see him in videos.
This is an image of Sonny Boy Jaro celebrating after defeating Yukka Gejon, the former world title challenger, in a right overhand punch to the chin.
Yukka goes down like a chopped tree. Jaro is so powerful that he only needed one punch in the round.
He actually punched at Yukka twice. The first one missed, but the second one was a killer.
Denver Cuello only needed four rounds of pure intensity to overcome the Japanese assault. They traded punches round after round. In the third round, Denver delivered the first knockdown in the fight. Shortly thereafter, their legs and bodies became entangled in the middle of the ring.
The audience clapped so hard that one might think that the fight was a wrestling match.
When the fourth round came, Denver unleashed a deadly combination that consisted of a right uppercut and a right hook in the head that sent the Japanese challenger to the canvass. Denver Cuello wins by a fourth round knockout.
Denver is raised by his team while he also raised his hands after the scintillating knockout.
The score of Philippines vs the World: 1-0.
Remember this name, because this boxer will shine in the coming months. He only needed two round to dispose if his Indonesian foe, Shahril Fabanyo.
He is elusive and his punches seems weak. But, after the first round, he delivered the perfect right liver punch. What power! He only needed one punch and his enemy tumbled down.
The promising boxer raised his arms in victory after that killer right punch to the body.
I can't wait to watch this boy grow and be a champion of the Philippines in the future.
Brian Viloria failed three times before this fight, so this one would make or break his career. It will either make him a champion, or it will make him retire from his once blossoming career.
Archie Solis defeated many Filipinos in his great career. His title is given to him by fellow Filipinos because of his calculated but powerful style in the ring.
Brian Viloria will really be in for a long, tough night.
Here is a bit of the action between the two. They're feeling each other out. Brian Viloria is leading on all scorecards because of his renewed punch consistency. He has resurrected the heart of a fearless fighter.
Archie Solis still gave Viloria trouble during the middle rounds because of his Mexican machismo and his championship experience.
In this picture, referee Bruce McTavish deducted a point from Solis for his continuous low blows against Viloria.
Viloria rests in the corner, recovering from obvious pain.
The Big Dome goes wild as Brian Viloria landed his final blow on Solis' chin. It was perfect timing. Without doubt, the Mexican felt the impact of the hook in his brain.
After that beautifully timed left hook, Archie Solis got down face first in a pose reminiscent of Pacquiao's final blow in the David Diaz fight.
Brian Viloria gives his fans something to cheer about after the destruction of the once immortal Mexican, Archie Solis, who defeated countless Filipino warriors.
The belt that has eluded him for years now has finally become his.
Viloria can now sleep comfortably.
Congratulations, Brian "The Pinoy Punch" Viloria!
The Filipino Flash enters the ring with his pride and soul, the Philippine flag.
Jimmy Lennon introduces the challenger and the champion.
The Filipino Flash makes his move. He's so fast that you can't even blink. If you did, then you would miss his punches.
This picture portrays the knockdown. The referee doesn't count anymore because Martinez had been knocked down four times. The Filipino's assault resulted in a short but sweet four rounds of boxing perfection.
Nonito Donaire raises his hands in the air after the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round. The Filipinos watching all over the world celebrated their fellow true blooded Pinoy!
After a long and hard struggle, the Filipinos proved why their race can justifiably be proud.
They united Filipinos, even if for just a short minute of time.
This is the beautiful combat sport that belongs to Filipinos: boxing.
This is Bob Arum with me. He is the master of all masters and the father of boxing.
He is the one who made this event possible. Without him, Filipinos like Manny Pacquiao could not have become great.
Thanks, Mr. Bob Arum. You're the man!
The author poses with his original Pacfans shirt atop the ring.
Thanks to all of you, I hope you enjoyed my inside scoop of this event.
Mabuhay Bleacher Report!