Once beaten Filipino Carlo Caesar Penalosa (14-1, 7) continued to impress as he scored a brutal 3rd round KO against Thai visitor Yokthong KKP (18-6, 11), aka Watana Phenbaan, to extend his current winning streak to 7, with 4 successive stoppages.
The fight started with Penalosa looking for big shots but boxing smartly, using his brain to bring calculated pressure towards the Thai. Yokthong was showing his toughness, especially in round 2, but it seemed like Penalosa was landing big blows that were chipping away at the Thai and his resistance.
In round 3 Penalosa's shots were landing more freely and a brutal body shot sent the visitor down in agony, where he took the 10 count.
For Yokthong, who is known for losing for losing to the likes of Zou Shiming, Ryuji Hara and Wulan Tuolehazi, this is his 5th stoppage loss and it's hard to image the 24 year old Thai rebuilding to the point of making any kind of name for himself. As for Penalosa there has to be bigger targets than this, and hopefully he finds himself in the interesting regional title mix at Super Flyweight or Flyweight
Tomorrow ESPN5 will be showing a stacked card with a number of really interesting fights. Thankfully everyone made weight for the show, though some fighters did struggle on the scales.
Thge main event will see unbeateen Filipino Dave Penalosa (14-0, 10) taking on Mexican foe Marcos Cardenas (19-6-1, 15), in a bout for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title. Both did make the 126lbs limit, though not on their first attempt. Originally Penalosa was 128lbs whilst Cardenas was 127lbs. Thankfully both did make the weight after being given time to lose the excess.
A second title bout will see GAB Light Welterweight champion Jheritz Chavez (8-3-2, 6) make his second defense, as he takes on Junar Adante (7-11-1, 4). Both of these men made 140lbs for the bout, coming in at the Light Welterweight limit.
The highly anticipated Bantamweight bout between the exciting Kenya Yamashita (13-4, 10) [山下賢哉] and 2-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (25-4, 16) saw both men hitting the scales at 118lbs, dead on for their really exciting looking 10 round bout.
Unbeaten teenage sensation Carl Jammes Martin (11-0, 10) weight in at 118lbs dead on for his contest with Thai visitor Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2, 8), who was 116lbs for the bout. This will be Martin's first televised bout and is a huge chance for him to wow an audience, who have only been able to see him fight through social media.
A 10 round bout between Carlo Caesar Penalosa (13-1, 6) and Yokthong KKP (18-5, 11) saw Penalosa come in at 113lbs whilst the visitor was 114lbs in what could be a pretty competitive match up, if Yokthong has prepared properly.
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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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