Every so often we get a genuine shock in the boxing world. Last week it was shocking to see Hozumi Hasegawa roll back the clock to over-come Hugo Ruiz in a WBC Super Bantamweight title fight. Last night we got another shock as Filipino journeyman Jhon Gemino (15-7-1, 6) over-came the previous unbeaten, and highly regarded, Toka Kahn Clary (19-1-0-1, 13) inside a round!
Coming in Gemino had lost 4 of his previous 6, including a loss on his US debut in June to the undefeated Christian Gonzalez and a stoppage loss a year ago to Daniel Rosas. Despite that run of form the Filipino showed no lack of confidence and after about a minute he was landing counters, including a hurtful body shot that was instantly followed up by a shot up top that sent Kahn Clary to the canvas. The touted American was then unable to beat the count giving Gemino his biggest victory, by far.
Although entering as the under-dog Gemino has got a history of upsetting the applecart with wins against JR Magboo and Toto Helebe. That reputation as an upset minded fighter will have grown massively with this win and we'd be very surprised if he's not in another notable bout in the near future. For the touted American however this win is a major set back. He was supposed to score a 20th win and record a 5th straight stoppage but over-confidence likely cost him against the much unfancied visitor.
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