One of those bouts saw former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Ryuichi Funai (30-7, 21) [船井 龍一] claim his second professional title, as he stopped former world title challenger Warlito Parrenas (26-8-1, 23) in a very hard fought contest. With Funai suffering cuts but digging deep to stop the heavy handed Filipino slugger.
Parrenas started the bout well, pressing the action and landing some good body shots, whilst forcing Funai on to the back foot and really putting the pressure on. Funai through seemed to know that Parrenas's assualt wouldn't last forever and fought his way into the bout smartly, avoiding exchanges with the Filipino when he could.
In the middle rounds Parrenas started to tire and Funai began to turn the fight around, despite suffering a cut from a clash of heads. Funai could smell blood, and not just his own, and he began to take the fight to Parrenas with growing intensity. A series of body shots eventually dropped Parrenas and he was unable to beat the count as Funai took one of the buiggest wins of his career, and moved a huge step closer to getting a WBO world title fight.
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