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Peñalosa beats Vorapin in 8th to retain WBO bantam crown

April 6, 2008 11:56am

(Update) QUEZON CITY, Philippines - Gerry Peñalosa of the Philippines beat challenger Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title on Sunday at the Invasion: Philippines vs The World boxing event at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Peñalosa won after the referee stopped the fight with 29 seconds remaining in the eighth round. Peñalosa knocked down the Thai thrice, in the fifth, seventh, and earlier in the eighth before the referee stopped the fight.

It was in the fifth round that Peñalosa started punishing the Thai with a series of combinations that nearly knocked him down, at one point sending him down on his knees. Vorapin, however, managed to put his arms around Peñalosa's waist to break his fall.

The event featured four Filipinos, who won all their matches.

In the third bout, Rey "Boom-Boom" Bautista of the Philippines knocked out Genaro Camargo of Mexico in the second of a 12-round match to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) inter-continental super bantamweight title.

Bautista knocked down the Mexican twice in the first round and sent him down for the third and final time 57 seconds into the second round.

In the second bout, Ciso Morales of the Philippines also defeated Yoo-Shin Kim in a 12-round match, which the referee stopped in 2:24 of the fourth round, seeing that Yoo-Shin, face bloodied with a cut on the left eye, had taken enough punishment from the Filipino, who successfully retained his WBO oriental super bantamweight title.

In the first bout, A.J. "Bazooka" Banal of the Philippines defeated Caril Herrera of Uruguay in a referee-stopped fight in the fourth of a 12-round bout.

Herrera had to take a standing eight-count in the third round after being brought down to his knees by a series of face punches by Banal. The fight, ruled a technical knockout in favor of the Filipino, was stopped at 1:18 into the fourth round.

The first match was an eliminator for the the International Boxing Federation (IBF) move up to the No. 1 spot.

Among the spectators at the event were Sen. Ramon Revilla; Manny Pacquiao, the new World Boxing Council super featherweight champion, with wife Jinkee; Juan Manuel Marquez, the Mexican WBC former super featherweight champion whom Pacquiao just defeated; and Luisito Espinosa, former World Boxing Association bantamweight champion. - GMANews.TV