On Saturday in the Philippines fans had the chance to see the awesomely hard hitting and thoroughly fun to watch Warlito Parrenas (20-6, 18) claim the WBO Oriental Super Flyweight title and move towards a WBO world ranking.
Parrenas, previously known as "Wars Katsumata", was fighting in his native Philippines for just the 2nd time in the last 3 years and showed fans what they were missing as he blasted through the usually tough Indonesian Junior Bajawa (14-3, 7), a man who had never previously been stopped, despite mixing with OPBF level fighters such as Omari Kimweri and Richard Pumicpic.
Bajawa was returning to the Philippines for his second successive fight there, following a decision loss to Pumicpic, and he'll have been confident of giving Parrenas a good fight. Instead was saw Parrenas in a destructive mode as he stopped Bajawa in the 7th rounds.
Sadly more details, such as the specifics of the contest are scarce but we've got to admit that with Parrenas's power and relative frailties he's always going to be fun to watch and hopefully we'll see more him soon. Sadly this was just his second fight in more than 18 months after a change of management which has seen him moving from from fighting in Japan, where he fought 7 times, back to his homeland where he has now fought back to back fights.
Incidentally Parrenas last fight in the Philippines before going to Japan was a 6th round TKO loss Jonathan Taconing, a man who is now an OPBF champion at Light Flyweight.
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