• 2 Pinoy pugs claim vacant WBC Asia titles

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    Hardhitting Romero “Dynamite” Duno and Reymart “Assassin” Gaballo knocked out their respective opponents to bag two vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia titles on Saturday during the Battle in Tupi held at the Tupi Gym in South Cotabato.

    Duno, 20, showed no mercy in stopping Paiboon Lorkam of Thailand with two minutes and 14 seconds left in the second round to claim the WBC Asia super featherweight crown in the main event.

    Duno first knocked down Lorkam at the corner in the opening round with a solid body shot. In the second round, Duno downed Lorkam in the same corner before he finally pummeled the elusive Thai to submission.

    Before Duno, Lorkam has also bowed to Filipino boxers AJ Banal, Juan Martin Elorde and Jack Asis.

    Duno improved his record to 10 wins and one loss.

    “Duno is a tough fighter and we are looking for a world class opponent in his next fight,” said Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of the Sanman Promotions in a statement.

    Meanwhile, Gaballo captured the WBC Asia Super bantamweight crown by knocking out Thai boxer Manot Comput with one minute and 49 seconds left in the opening round.

    “Gaballo showed how great he is. We just need to develop something and he will sure be a problem in his weight class,” said Manangquil.

    The 20-year old Gaballo is already set to fly to the US next month together with fellow Sanman boxers Mike “Magic” Plania and John Vincent “Mulawin” Moralde, who also both scored knockout wins in the undercard matches.

    The three undefeated fighters will be training with Cuban coach Moros Fernandez at the Moros gym in Miami, Florida next month.

    In other matches, 19-year old Plania defeated John Rey de Asis via second-round knockout while 22-year old Moralde subdued Habigis Quinones via first-round knockout.

    “Moralde and Plania are also getting ready for their USA invasion and both are looking to make big statements soon,” added Manangquil.

    Engelbert “Aguila” Moralde of Sanman stable also won via unanimous decision against veteran Jun Eraham while Jason Mama posted a unanimous decision win over Roger Salaton.

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