RECKY Dulay stole a piece of the spotlight in the Miguel Berchelt-Takashi Miura World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title fight after scoring a third round knockout of previously unbeaten Jaime Arboleda early Sunday morning (Manila time) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The 23-year-old Dulay, a native of Catarman, Northern Samar, sent his Panamanian foe down in the canvass with a wicked right cross. Arboleda, 22, struggled to get up on rubbery legs, prompting the referee to stop the bout at the 2:03 mark of the third round.
The win came as a shocker especially with Arboleda, from Curundu, Panama, being groomed by Golden Boy Promotions as a top prospect in the lightweight division.
The match was supposed to serve as undercard of Golden Boy’s Fight Club event at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, but instead was added to the Berchelt-Miura title card.
Berchelt went on to dominate Miura, who was knocked down in the first round, and score a 12-round unanimous decision win to retain his title.
Nicknamed 'The Terror,' Dulay is being trained by former world champion Rodel Mayol.
Dulay, who now resides in Makati, hiked his record to 10-2-0, including 7 by KOs. He is also coming off a knockout win over Noel Adelmita last January prior to his clash with Arboleda.
The Panamanian suffered his first career loss as a pro for 10-1 record (8 KOs).
Dulay said the bout was special for him since it was the first time he fought in California.
“This was my first fight in California so it means a lot as I continue to develop my career,” he said.
“I’ve been training here in the U.S. for about 2-3 months, so I am ready to fight more here now.”