In Butuan today Filipino fight fans had the chance to see a few notable domestic prospects in action.
One of those was Vincent Astrolabio (12-2, 8), who fought in little more than an explosive cameo as destroyed Thai visitor Yotchanchai Yakaeo (26-14, 21) in the opening round. The Thai was dropped early on and allowed to continue, but a second knockdown, a much harder one, finished off his hopes of a win as the referee quickly stopped the bout. It was be several minutes before Yotchanchai would move though he was talking and smiling after recovering from what was a truly brutal knockout loss. This was the 8th time time the Thai had been stopped and we do wonder why the 39 year old keeps getting licensed to fight.
Another cameo came from Orlie Silvestre (12-4-1, 8), who returning to the ring after his 12th round stoppage loss in Japan to Reiya Konishi. The talented Silvestre dropped Indonesian visitor Hengky Baransano (13-13, 5) in the first round and had Baransano on the back foot. The Indonesian's negative tactics didn't help as Silvestre got to him again before the first round was over, dropping his man for a second time mid way through the round. The Indonesian should his heart but was dropped by a huge over-hard just after the 10 second clacker, suffering the third knockdown of the round. Despite beating the count the referee waved the bout off with a time of 2:59 of round 1. It's worth noting this was the 11th time Baransano has been stopped.
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