By Dennis Principe
Filipino super flyweight prospect Drian Francisco scored a 5th round TKO stoppage win over WBC#1 and WBA#2 Ricardo Nunez of Panama Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City, Philippines.
The WBA #3 Francisco instantly stepped up the attack as soon as the opening bell sounded and dropped the seemingly ham-fisted Nunez with a wild left halfway thru the opening round. Nunez recovered from the first knockdown but was floored for the second time with another wild left.
The Panamanian made it through the first round but was already bleeding from the mouth, a testament to Francisco’s punching power despite an apparent awkward style.
A still dazed Nunez was able to avoid most of Francisco’s wild punches as the Panamanian tried to work on the body of the Filipino the next two rounds.
Surprisingly, Francisco became tentative with his punches which the Filipino later on admitted during the post-fight presser that it was due to an elbow from the Panamanian which hit his left arm.
Two more trips to the canvass in the fatal fifth round finally forced referee Bruce McTavish to wave off the fight and declare Francisco winner at 2:52.
The win improves Francisco’s record to 19-0-1 with 15 KO’s while Nunez drops to 17-2, 16 KO’s. Francisco’s manager Elemer Anuran announced they will be chasing the winner of the WBA regular super flyweight title fight between Japanese Nobuo Nashiro and Mexican Hugo Cazares set on May 8.