Kyle Aguon defeated Rolandy Gabriel Dy by split decision for the second time in a row at PXC 48 in Manila on Saturday night, but this time his 135 lbs belt was not on the line and the controversy was muted.

Aguon beat Dy at PXC 45 to claim the belt but the Filipino was adamant he should have won that five round contest which took place in his opponent’s hometown of Guam. The belt was not on the line for the rematch because the challenger missed weight.

In the opening round Aguon worked diligently for a takedown which he eventually secured but Dy was able to work his way back up again to land a couple of knees from the clinch in what was a largely uneventful opening to the main event.

Dy, whose father was a boxing world champion, looked to utilise his stand skills at the start of the second round before both men exchanged unsuccessful takedown attempts. Aguon eventually succeeded in taking the Filipino down twice but was unable to use the position to launch any effective offence.

The third round followed a very similar pattern and Dy looked to land punches in the early exchanges only to be taken down by the Guam native. The Filipino worked his way up and the round ended with him defending yet another takedown attempt.

With neither fighter able to secure a clear advantage at any stage of the contest the scoring was always going to be subjective but two of the three judges opted for Aguon who improves to 9-4 and keeps his title. Dy drops to 5-4.

In the co-main event Alvin Cacdac was scheduled to defend his flyweight belt against former PXC 135 lbs champion Crisanto Pitpitunge but after both men missed weight it become a three round, non title fight.

In the end Pitpitunge made short work of his more experienced opponent, dropping the Fil-Am flyweight with a right hand and then finishing him off with an uppercut which landed when Cadac was already looking dazed and unbalanced.

The win takes Pitpitunge to 8-3 and leaves him in pole position for a shot at the now vacant PXC flyweight belt, assuming he can make 125 lbs. Cadcac drops to 15-11 after losing his title on the scales.

One potential challenger for the vacant 125 lbs title did emerge with Jinel Lausa (5-2) knocking out Ernesto Montilla (5-2) in the opening round of their rematch to score a third straight PXC win. Another potential title contender to emerge is Mark Abelardo (11-3) who stopped Harold Banario (4-1) early in their bantamweight bout.