Filipino boxer, Boom Boom Bautista defeated Eden "Anestecista" Marquez of Mexico via a second round technical knock out in Waterfront Hotel, Cebu last night to retain his WBO Intercontinental Superbantamweight Championship. Referee Bruce McTavish stopped the fight at 1:08 of the second round when it became apparent Marquez was anesthetized by Boom Boom's powerful punches.
However, in the first round Bautista started slowly and it was Marquez who pressed for action and stalked the Filipino fighter relentlessly.
"I wanted to first feel how strong he was in the first round. My corner wanted me to be careful. I knew he had the power, and I didn't know his style," Bautista said to Philboxing.com on why he started slow.
Second round was a different story though initiallyMarquez was still the aggressive warrior. By 2:26 of the round a couple of rights by Boom Boom pushed the Mexican back and Bautista smelled blood and began his offensive. Then a massive left hook, with 1:50 left in the clock, stunned the Mexican and fell on the canvas. Boom Boom threw more flurries and Marquez's second knockdown was enough for the referee to stop the fight.
Donnie Nietes brutally stopped his Nicaraguan opponent Eddy Castro 2:49 of the second round to defend his WBO Miniflyweight Championship, not bad for a former janitor of ALA gym where he nows boxes.
I love Nietes' power and his Constrictor (he carries his snake with him whenever he fights).
11:53 am MST - Calderon retains title -fight stopped due to a cut.