Laurente wins WBC Asian title, 3 other Filipinos sweep Thais
World rated fighters Dennis Laurente and Jonathan Taconing along with Elorde brothers Juan Martin and Juan Miguel knocked out their Thai opponents to improve their stocks recently in Manila, Philippines.
In the main event of the dominating performances of Filipinos, Laurente (45-5-5, 26 KOs) dropped Manopnoi Singmanasak three times en route to score another outstanding second round technical knockout win.
The Philippine welterweight champion and World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 18 contender captured the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council light middleweight title.
Singmanasak gallantly trade punches to the delight of capacity crowd at the Midas Hotel and Casino.
Laurente saw an opening from the Thai’s defense and landed at least three hard blows and followed up with body shot that sent him down.
The 19-year old Thai whose real name is Amnart Daengpayap got up and engaged until the bell rang.
Laurente was surprised when Singmanassak gamely fought toe to toe like it was a do-or-die match.
The heftier Filipino champion, who was rated in the top 10 of WBC until last month, slowed down the countering opponent with body shots and then floored him for the second time in the fight with series of punches to the head and face.
Singmanasak refused to surrender, beat the count and followed the referee’s instruction to step forward.
Laurente had no doubt, when he saw Singmanasak’s grasping for air it was like he’s walking in the park.
Laurente went for the kill and the Thai had no answer from the flurry of punches until a devastating blow dropped him for the third time, forcing the referee to save him to suffer any permanent damage. The referee stopped the carnage at 2:33 of the second round.
In the undercard, Taconing (16-2-1, 13 KOs) stopped Rambo Sithsaithong with vicious left hook to the body. The time, 2:05 of the opening round.
The WBC No. 7 contender is looking for another crack at the WBC light flyweight title after losing in his initial opportunity last year in Thailand.
Taconing was on his way to win the title from Kompayak Porpramook when the Thai doctor recommended the fight to stop in the fifth round despite a small cut near the champion’s eye.
Juan Martin Elorde (15-1, 7 KOs), better known as Bai, scored a knockdown in the first round and three more in the second in his TKO win over Rajakru Sor Rungwatana.
Elorde’s Asia Pacific super featherweight title that he won in March was not at stake.
Juan Miguel Elorde (13-1, 5 KOs), a lanky super bantamweight, cautiously started the fight until he figured out how to sneak his effective combinations against Phissanuthep Chaiyonggym.
In the sixth, Elorde’s double jab snapped back Chaiyonggym’s head, hurt him with a hook and finished him with merciless combination at 1:02 mark of the 6th.