Undefeated Wa-o retires opponent

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


NOT EVEN in his prime condition, unbeaten boxer Rex Wa-o methodically dissected his opponent to pieces before scoring a sixth round knock out in the co-main event of the ALA Promotions – Cobra Tunay na Lakas boxoff at the People’s Park Sunday evening.

The 24 year old Tadian, Mountain Province, coming off from a nine month lay-off in the ring, connected with a deadly body shot that sent Gerry Pateno to the canvass with two minutes remaining in the sixth of their scheduled eight round match.

“Halos isang lingo lang ako nagtraining kasi nag sideline ako sa Manila as trainer,” said the interim WBC Asian Boxing Council super bantamweight title holder.

Both fighters started to engage right at the opening bell with Pateno landing some heavy punches that saw Wa-o staggering but the Highland Boxing gym fighter countered with every punch given by the Valenzuela based fighter.

“Naramdaman ko din yung mga suntok niya kaya kung minsan talagan tinatakbuhan ko na lang,” added Wa-o.

Although he was least expecting the knock out, Wa-o, who also holds the Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LuzProBA) super bantamweight title, said he knew there’s a way he could end the fight early.

“Medyo matigas yung panga niya kaya nung sinabi ng trainer ko na sa tiyan ko tirahin eh dun na siay tumumba,” Wa – o quipped who improved his record to eight wins, seven coming by way of knock out while handling Pateno his sixth loss in 10 fights with two draws.

In the main event, Chirstian Abila also scored a sixth round stoppage against Highland Boxing's Randy Megrino who got caught with a thundering straight to the body.

Megrino recorded his 17th loss after going down twice in the fifth round before referee Sammy Bernabe stopped the fight after 18 seconds in the sixth round.

In the undercard, promising welterweight Stephen Gelawa also made a statement by retiring Dennis Padua in the fourth round of their eight round encounter for his sixth win with four f them coming from knock outs.

John-John Faminiano and Jeven Villacite settled for a draw while Junar Adante scored a knock out in the first round against Jonel Borbon in the event made part of the annual Baguio Flower Festival celebration.

Debuting Wilbert Madriaga meanwhile earned his first professional win with a unanimous decision victory against Ernie Mino Jr. who went down twice in the third round.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 26, 2014.

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