Dodie Peñalosa Jr. stops Thai in 3rd round for 6th straight win

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Sunday, August 7, 2011


DODIE Boy Peñalosa Jr. is a step closer to fighting in a bigger stage after an impressive knockout win last Saturday night in “Laban ng Lahi, Dugong Kampeon” at the Mandaue Sports and Cultural Complex.

The 21-year-old Dodie Boy Jr., the son of former two-division world champion Dodie Boy Sr., demolished Thai Kong Kiatpracha Gym in the third round.

Dodie Boy Jr., who won his sixth straight bout by knockout, dropped Kiatpracha Gym in the third with a vicious right hook to the ribs. He dropped him again in the same round with a short right punch to the head before the fight was stopped by referee Tony Pesons after Dodie Boy Jr. sent the awkward Thai to the canvas with a short left uppercut to the head in 2:16 of the third.

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Dodie Boy Jr. improved to 6-0 with six knockouts, while Kiatpracha Gym fell to 5-9-1 with two knockouts.

“I’m very happy because he has passed with flying colors. He entertained the fans,” said his uncle and promoter Gerry Peñalosa after the fight. “He still needs to learn a lot. He’s still young and needs to have more experience.”

Gerry said that he is giving his nephew one more bout on Sept. 24 in Cebu City against an Australian before sending Dodie Boy Jr. to the US to fight in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, ex-world titleholder Rodel Mayol (29-5-2, 21 KOs) beat a sturdy Jayson Rotoni (12-10-1, 7 KOs) by a lopsided unanimous decision, 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91, in his tune-up fight for a possible world title shot in November.

Mayol dictated the pace of the the fight, landing the more accurate and telling blows.

However, the 29-year-old Mandaue fighter had a scare in the second round after he almost fell to the canvas after a counter right rocked him.

In the undercard, Randy Petalcorin (14-1, 12 KOs) retained his Pan Asian Boxing Association with an eighth round disqualification win over journeyman Michael Rodriguez (12-30, 3 KOs); Jimrex Jaca (34-6-3, 19 KOs) made a flabby Philip Jun Demicillo (6-15-1, 2 KOs) quit at the end of the third round; while Eden Sonsona (27-6, 7 KOs) escaped with a controversial majority decision over tough Eman Labanza (7-8).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2011.

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