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Penalosa wins WBO Oriental featherweight title


MANILA — Undefeated Dave Penalosa scored a technical knockout win against Mexican Marcos Cardenas to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental featherweight title on Saturday at the SM City North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City.

Nicknamed “The Hunter”, the 27-year-old Penalosa of Cebu landed body shots after decking Cardenas twice en route to a stoppage victory at 2:47 in the fourth round.

Penalosa tallied his 15th win with 11 knockouts while Cardenas suffered his 7th loss in 26 fights.

“Nagbunga din lahat ng pagod ko (All my hardwork paid off),” said Penalosa, who is also ready for a world title shot.

Meanwhile, John Riel Casimero brutally punished Japanese Kenya Yamashita for a sixth-round knockout victory.

Casimero improved his ring record to 26-4 win while Yamashita absorbed his fifth defeat in 18 fights.

Ifugao-native Carl Jammes Martin and Carlo Penalosa also stopped their respective opponents from Thailand.

Martin knocked out Petchchorhae Kokietgym in the fourth round to remain undefeated in 12 fights with 11 knockouts.

Carlo Penaloa, on the other hand, finished Watana Phenbaan in the third round for his 14th win against one defeat.

The fight was promoted by Gerry Penalosa of the Gerrypens Promotions. (PNA)