RISING boxing star Penitente “The Thunder” Apolinar once again showed his fearsome punching power by stopping Japanese Takaoki Noma via fifth round technical knockout in ALA Promotion’s “Duelo sa Toledo” at Barba Sports Complex in Toledo City, Cebu on Tuesday.
Featherweight Apolinar, 19, displayed his aggressiveness at the opening round against the Japanese who tried to trade punches but couldn’t last long. Apolinar delivered three crisp left hooks on Takaoki’s jaw and body sending him to the canvass in the third round.
The Japanese attempted a hit-and-run strategy in the fourth round but Apolinar’s stamina and endurance were too much for him. He was caught by the Filipino’s solid right uppercut early in the fifth round ending the bout.
Apolinar, who represented Manila in his other bouts, improved his professional win-loss record to 4-0—all by way of knockout—while Takaoki remained winless in five bouts with one draw.
Reigning World Boxing Organization light flyweight Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, who watched the bout live, said that Apolinar has a bright future in professional boxing if he would continue to train with proper discipline and work ethics.
“He [Apolinar] was amazing and he could be a future world champion,” Nietes told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Apolinar has the strength, speed, punching power and most of all the height. He is also very young. He is undergoing training with us now.”