General Santos City may have produced another boxing gem.
Reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) interim bantamweight world champion Reymart Gaballo impressed local fight fans with a second round knockout of Yuya Nakamura in a 10-round non-title bout Saturday night at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay.
The 22-year old Gaballo set the tone early with two knockdowns in the first round. A right straight by Gaballo deposited his Japanese foe to the canvas to score the first knockdown of the fight. A minute later, Nakamura saw himself down on the floor for the second time courtesy of a Gaballo left hook.
The Japanese fighter survived the round, but “The Assassin” made sure that their main event clash wouldn’t last much longer.
The Filipino champion chased his overmatched opponent all over the ring in the second stanza, looking for the finish. Forcing the Japanese to his own corner, Gaballo planted a left hook to Nakamura’s rib cage followed by another left to the jaw. Nakamura crumbles to canvas for the third time in the fight, prompting referee Virgilio Garcia to call for the stoppage at the 1:44 mark of the second round.
Gaballo improves his win-loss record to 21-0 with 18 knockouts, while Nakamura drops to 9-3.
In March 2018, Gaballo captured the interim world title with a unanimous decision victory over Stephon Young in a fight held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. On his radar is Japan’s Naoya Inoue, the WBA regular bantamweight world champion.
Born in Polomolok, South Cotabato, Gaballo fights out of General Santos City – a town that has been represented by a number of world boxing champions in the past such as Roland Navarrete, Nonito Donaire and eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao.
(Photo credit: Sanman Productions)