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Unbeaten Filipino boxer Libraza wins via KO in Pacquiao-Thurman undercard


DAVAO CITY — Undefeated John Leo Dato knocked out Mexican Antonio Lopez in the fifth round in undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (Philippine time).

With his impressive win, the US-based Dato improved his ring record to 12 0-1 with eight knockouts while handing Lopez his sixth defeat in 20 fights.

The 26-year-old Dato, who was born in Bangar, La Union, was one of the Filipino fighters who fought before Pacquiao scored a split decision victory against undefeated Thurman to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title.

Genesis “Cobra” Libranza of Davao City also won by a technical knockout over Carlos “Mighty” Maldonado of Los Angeles in the fourth round.

Libraza improved his record to 19-1 with 11 wins via stoppage.

On the other hand, late-substitute Jayar “Hitman” Inson, also of Davao City, lost by TKO to Sergey “Samurai” Lipinets of Russia. (PNA).