By Dennis Principe
Filipino Sylvester Lopez kept his World Boxing Council (WBC) International super flyweight crown with an impressive second round TKO win over former interim world champion Wandee Singwancha of Thailand at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.
After a slow start, Lopez’ dominance started with a single second left before the end of the first round when the Filipino unleashed a perfectly timed left hook that landed flush on Singwancha’s jaw.
Singwancha was able to beat the count but went back to his corner with rubbery legs.
Starting in the second round Lopez started cautiously and timed his punches as Singwancha tried to get back his timing and second wind.
“Though I knew he was still hurt after that first knockdown my mind was telling me this is a 12-round fight and should be wary that the Thai could be in great shape and mount a comeback.” said Lopez.
Middle of the second round however, Lopez floored Singwancha once more with a crushing uppercut that saw the Thai go down on his knees.
A much dazed Singwancha valiantly stood up but it was only a matter of time before Lopez could finally finish off the Thai courtesy of another left hook.
The win raised Lopez record to 14-2-1, with 9 knockouts while Singwancha drops to 63-12-1, 15 KO’s.
In another WBC International fight Ryan Bito of the Philippines captured the flyweight belt when he stopped Sooksan Caichan Saenmuangloie of Thailand with a barrage of shots in the 10th round.
It was a classic battle between a brawler and a stylist as Saenmuangloie stalked Bito to no end despite taking some clean blows from the equally tough Filipino.
A right straight by Bito finally wobbled Saenmuangloie that gave the Filipino the needed opportunity to go for the kill until American referee Gene Del Bianco called a halt to the bout at 1:47.
In the other WBC International title fight Jonathan Taconing kept his belt by stopping compatriot Warlito Parenas with a 6th round TKO.
The successful triple WBC promotions was staged by longtime promoter Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde, Jr. via his Elorde International Productions.