Team Lakay fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge knocked out former champion Alvin Cacdac to retain his No. 1 contender status in the flyweight division in the main event of Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) 48 on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Pitpitunge was supposed to be fighting for the title against Cacdac, but both fighters missed weight for the bout, resulting in the champion being stripped of the belt and the challenger losing a shot at the title, at least on this night.
But Pitpitunge made the most of the main event fight, landing a huge right hand to drop Cacdac to the floor before finish it with an uppercut in a spectacular knockout performance at the 3:52 mark of the first round.
The Benguet-based police officer, a former bantamweight champion who is unbeaten since dropping down to flyweight, remained the divisionâ€™s top contender with the big victory over the champ.
PXC bantamweight champion Kyle Aguon, meanwhile, defeated Filipino Rolando Gabriel Dy in a rematch of their split decision battle for the vacant title from October last year.
Aguon was supposed to be defending his title against Dy, but the local fighter was unable to make his weight cut as well. The champ made that irrelevant, though, after beating his challenger more decisively this time around.
Surprisingly, this one went by split decision as well with two judges giving Aguon a clean 30-27 on their cards while one judge scored it 29-28 for Dy.
Mark Abelardo, Jinel Lausa and Adamson Torbiso all scored first round knockouts in the undercard fights.
Abelardo defeated Harold Banario at 4:36 mark of the first round while Lausa and Torbiso both caught their opponents right as the round was ending.
Lausa knocked out Ernesto Montiall Jr. with a huge punch while Torbiso finished Nilo Vidal with a head kick.