Filipino Michael “Hammer Fist” Fareñas scored a second-round knockout win over Mexican Jesus Rios on Friday in their 10-round super featherweight boxing main event at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.
Fareñas, 29, dropped Rios twice to his knees in the first round with powerful combinations to the body.
“I noticed that he couldn’t endure my punches so I tried my best to finish him [Rios],” said Fareñas, who improved to 37-4-4 win-loss-draw slate with 29 knockouts. “I really wanted to impress the audience, my fellow Filipinos, especially now it’s already late night.”
A left hook by Fareñas in 2:47 of second round forced referee Ferdinand Estralla to stop the fight under the newly-formed promotion of MAG Pacman in partnership of businessman Anson Tiu Co and Manny Pacquiao.
In the supporting main event, Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. (12-0 slate with 11 knockouts) stayed undefeated after scoring a technical decision victory over Alem Robles. Robles hit Peñalosa Jr. with a headbutt that resulted to a cut on his left eyelid.
Richard Pumicpic (14-5-2 slate with four knockouts) defeated Mexican Luis Lugo via unanimous decision in an action-packed 10-round super bantamweight fight.
Filipino fighters Mike Españosa and Ernesto Saulong fought to a technical split draw with 1:24 left in the sixth round following a clash of heads that left a cut on Españosa’s left eyebrow.
Filipino Fernando Ocon (12-5) scored his fourth career knockout in an eighth round stoppage of Jeffrey Cerna (14-9, 5 KOs), while Roque Lauro brushed off Ronnel Ferreras via unanimous decision.