The second of 3 title fights in Korea today saw Filipino veteran Michael Landero (19-15-4, 8) take on Korean teenager Sang Hun Oh (6-1, 4) [오상헌] for the KBF Bantamweight title
The 33 year old Landero was once a really good fighter, and a former OPBF champion with wins against the likes of Kenichi Horikawa, Yasutaka Kuroki and Warlito Parrenas. Sadly at Bantamweight he looked completely dwarfed by Oh, and it was clear Landero wasn't a natural at the weight.
Oh seemed very relaxed coming in and took the fight to Landero. Whilst mostly in control through the first round, the Korean he was rocked when Landero managed to fire back part way through the round. That seemed to earn Landero the respect of the Korean who showed much more caution in round 2.
Despite being under-sized Landero was showing that he had the better skills and ring craft in the second round, pressing Oh backwards and finding a home for his right hand whilst blocking and a lot of Oh's shots. Sadly though it was a big effort for the Filipino who was more than 2 years removed from his last, and was a high risk strategy, taking it to the younger, stronger, bigger man.
In round 3 Oh's size, youth and energy took over the fight, with the youngster pinning Landero on the ropes and going to town on him with a long and sustained assault that forced the Filipino into a defensive shell. Oh unloaded and in some countries the referee would have stepped in but here the referee allowed the fight to continue and Landero made it to the bell.
Coming out for round 4 seemed a poor decision for Landero, and early in the round Oh put him down with a body shot. Landero's toughness saw him get to his feet, but a follow up left the referee with no option but to step in.
With this win the 19 year old claims his biggest win to date, and bounces back from May's loss to Kyung Min Kwon. As for Landero we hope he retires, though we have a suspicion he will have around as a journeyman and take a lot more punishment before finally hanging them up.
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