Farenas wins by 2nd round TKO over Mexican

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FILIPINO rising star Michael “The Hammer Fist” Farenas disposed of Mexican Hector Velazquez in just two rounds via a technical knockout to clinch the World Boxing Council Asia Continental junior lightweight crown Friday night at The Arena in San Juan City.

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After a tight first round, Farenas, 29, shook Velazquez with a right straight on the face. The Mexican tried to counter Farenas’ assault that resulted in a clash of heads.

Referree Bruce McTavish stopped the fight with 1:14 remaining in second round after the 39-year-old Velazquez, a residence of Tijuana Baja California, Mexico, sustained a cut on his right eye when they traded punches.

The judges ruled that the boxer from Sorsogon scored a solid punch in the head before the two fighters butted heads, and awarded him the fight.

Farenas improved to a 38-4-4 win-loss-draw slate with 30 knockouts, while Velazquez dropped to 56-21-3 card with 38 knockouts.

“I’m really happy with this win and I’m hoping this victory will lead me for a world title shot,” Farenas said after the fight. “I never expected this match would end so fast.”

Mike Lopez, the Mexican handler of Velazquez, called the decision of the judges “bull…”

Gerry Penalosa, the promoter of Farenas, said he wanted the fight to continue since Velazquez was still able to carry on, but the Mexican decided to stop the fight hoping for a technical draw.

“If you ask me, I wanted the fight to push through but they decided not to push it because they thought they could settle for a technical draw which didn’t happen,” said Penalosa.

“I’m hoping to arrange Farenas a fight with Mikey Garcia for the World Boxing Organization junior lightweight belt soon.”

In other bouts in Friday’s card, Dave Penalosa, 23, scored a unanimous decision over Mexican Alem Robles to remain undefeated in eight fights.

Robles dropped to 6-5-2 with two knockouts.

JOSEF RAMOS

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