Fareñas stops Rios with 2nd-round KO

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Filipino Michael “Hammer Fist” Fareñas scored a second-round knockout win over Mexican Jesus Rios Friday night in their 10-round super featherweight boxing main event at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.

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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.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

 

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