By Rey Danseco



Pelonia, Banjao retains belts; Orais new champ

GERRY Peñalosa claimed the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) super-flyweight title Saturday night with a seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Bangsaen Sithproprom of Thailand at Casino Filipino-Amphitheater in Paranaque City.

The 32-year old Peñalosa, who made his only 2nd fight after coming back from retirement, improved to 48-5-2 win-loss-draw records with 33 knockouts.

The former WBC 115-lb champion battered Sithproprom in each round, but the most fatal was a thundering left straight punch to the kisser of the 20-year old Thai from Bangkok.

Sithproprom (14-1, 7 KOs) dropped to the canvass like a log and the 63-year old referee Bruce McTavish, who worked for his 133rd world title fight, decided to stop the carnage at 1:47 of the 7th round. The Thai hardly came back to his feet, forcing his seconds and ring physician Nasser Cruz to help him sit in plastic stool.

“Malakas din ang kalaban pero nang matantiya ko siya, alam ko nang kaya ko siyang tapusin sa ilang round lang,” said Peñalosa, who’s thankful with promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr. “Kahit paano, napatunayan ko pa rin sa ating mga kababayan na meron pa akong ibubuga.”

Peñalosa joins his brother-trainer Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Ben Villaflor, Erbito Salavarria, Luisito Espinosa and Manny Pacquiao as the two-time Filipino world boxing champion.

In the undercard, WBO Asia-Pacific flyweight champ Rexon Flores had started the sweep of the five Thai imports.

Flores scored two knockdowns against Samart Twingym en route to an impressive stoppage win at 1:30 of the penultimate third round. He finished the Thai with left hook to the ribs.

Southpaw Juanito Rubillar also demolished Yodsuk Windeesports with a hard right hook to the side of the body exactly at end of round one.

After they both scored two knockdowns, welterweight Rey Pelonia and flyweight Sukarno “Master Showman” Banjao retained their WBF International titles for the first time with impressive stoppage victories.

Banjao floored former Thailand flyweight champ Wisanu Pornobnom with right straight punch in the 7th round, and wins via TKO win at 2:50 of 9th round with solid right hook.

Blooded from cuts he got from accidental headbutt in round 2, Pelonia fought with his heart and sent down skinny Jakrit Thaweekongym for the first time with right hand late in 10th before he took a TKO win with another right hand punch at 16 seconds of the penultimate round.

Kid Orais won the vacant WBF International bantamweight title against Elderd Romero via technical decision in 6th round.

Other results, all schedule for four rounds: super-bantam Mike Farenas stopped Ferddie Zagado at 2:03 of the second round; flyweight Rene Meval upset Robert Lerio via split decision; while Pit Anacaya edged Marlo Villamor.


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