Eden Sonsona and Dave Peñalosa sent their opponents to the canvas and scored knockout wins against their Thai opponents in the the double main event of Pinoy Knockout Saturday at the Mandaluyong City gym and aired via satellite on AKTV on IBC13.
The 23-year old Sonsona took care of the job in just two rounds in his bantamweight bout against Petchnamnung Sithsaithong.
Peñalosa, 21, demolished Yodpichai Sithsaithong in four rounds of a super-bantamweight encounter.
Sonsona was the very impressive as he demolished Petchnamnung at the 1:54 mark of the second round of a scheduled 10.
The Thai fighter left the venue nursing a broken left jaw by the time the Filipino was through with his job
He was later brought to a nearby hospital for further check up. It was his second time to loss a fight in the country and fell to nine wins, three losses, with seven KOs.
“Back pedal siya ng back pedal, habol lang naman ako ng habol. Alam ko aabutan ko rin,” said the southpaw from General Santos City,
Eden, a cousin of former world super-flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona, raised his record to 29 wins, six losses, with nine knockouts. He now has won three in a row since losing to Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo two years ago for the WBO North American Boxing Organization super-bantamweight crown.
Peñalosa took a little longer time in disposing Yodpichai, but was just as imposing in pulling off the win before his father, former two-time world champion Dodie Boy Peñalosa, who worked his corner.
The young Peñalosa finally sent the game Thai on all four corners following a pair of right hooks from which he never went up. The end came with 2:05 to go in the fourth round of a scheduled six.
Dave won his first ever match against a foreign opponent and has kept his unbeaten record to five wins with two KOs.
“Matigas din ang katawan at panga,” he said of his smaller Thai foe, who sported a record of seven wins, six losses, with three knockouts. “Nahirapan akong hanapin `yung weak point niya kaya natagalan ako. Pero nung nakita ko na, itinodo ko na.”
In post-fight interview Dave said, “Masayang-masaya ako at nakita itong laban ko sa telebisyon. Tumaas na ngayon yung pressure. Nasimulan ko na kaya wala ng kaya wala na talagang atrasan sa boxing ngayon.
Gerry Peñalosa, himself a former two-time world champion, and who promoted the fight in cooperation with Sports 5, however, is not in a hurry to push his nephew to full stardom. He is looking to give Dave more fights before bringing his nephew in regional boxing organizations.