Ponteras downs Thai promise

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Friday, December 28, 2012


RYAN Ray Ponteras posted the biggest win of his career following a knockout upset over promising Thai prospect Rusalee Samor last Wednesday at the Rajapark Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ponteras, an unknown boxer from Agusan del Norte, demolished Samor in five rounds to capture the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Pan Pacific flyweight crown.

According to an email sent to Sun.Star Cebu by Ponteras’ manager Manny Piñol, the fight started with both boxers trading shots in the first round.

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The 22-year-old journeyman shockingly dropped Samor after tagging him with a couple of hard rights to the head. Samor, however, beat the count and retaliated in the following round.

Ponteras then finished off the 28-year-old IBF No. 6 rated flyweight in the fifth in the 2:39 mark

Ponteras improved to 12-9 with six knockouts and could be breaking into the flyweight rankings of IBF because of the win. The current IBF flyweight titleholder is Moruti Mthalane.

Samor, in the meantime, dropped to 19-4-2 with eight knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2012.

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