After what felt like a long break between fights on the ESPN5 feed we returned to live action with exciting third generation fighter Carlo Caesar Penalosa (13-1, 6) taking on Tanzania's Jemsi Kibazange (11-3-2, 1) in a bout for the very lightly regarded WBA Asia South Flyweight title.
It was apparent straight away that the men belong in different divisions. Kibazange had hardly come in in over the Light Flyweight limit, and at 5'1" would be considered short even at Minimumweight, Penalosa however looked like a natural and strong Flyweight, towering over the visitor.
The first round was quiet with not much happening as the two felt each other out. Thankfully the pace cranked up in round 2 when Kibazange came out swinging, putting Penalosa under intense pressure for the first minute and change. That however turned out to be the wrong move and when Penalosa turned the tables he would drop the Tanzanian, following a brutal barrage of shots to the head and body that really showed how much stronger the Filipino was.
Despite being dropped in round 2 Kibazange seemed to have recovered by the start of the following round and decided to get brave again early on as he took the fight to Penalosa once more. Much like the previous round however the Filipino would take over and hurt the Tanzanian fighter with some nasty body shots. Towards the end of the round Penalosa went to the head and landed a solid left hand that dropped Kibazange. He would beat the count but the referee didn't like what he saw, stopping the bout with the Tanzanian on his feet.
With the win Penalosa becomes the new WBA Asia South champion, though given the significant difference in size it's hard to read much into this result, despite the fact he became the first man to stop Kibazange. We'll be honest we'd like to see Kibazange return to the Philippines to fight at 105lbs, where we believe he'll be more effective, and hopefully Penalosa will defend this title against some natural Flyweights.
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