FILIPINO rising star Rey Loreto showed impressive punching power to dethrone former world champion Nkosinathi Joyi of South Africa on Saturday and seized the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) junior flyweight world title at The Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco.
Loreto, 25, delivered a massive combination to score the third round knockout over the South African opponent who couldn’t beat the referee’s count with 49 ticks left.
The Davao native improved to 18 victories and 13 losses with 10 knockouts.
“My dream came true and my hard work paid off,” said Loreto.
Joyi dropped to 24 wins and three losses with 17 knockouts.
Loreto has joined the list of other Filipino world champions Donnie Nietes (World Boxing Organization light flyweight), Merlito Sabillo (World Boxing Organization minimum weight) and Johnriel Casimero (International Boxing Federation light flyweight).
“We are so happy, we did it. The South African is a dangerous experienced opponent. But I knew we could do win. Loreto is new world champion,” said Loreto’s manager Brico Santig.