COMEBACKING Eden Sonsona and promising Dave Penalosa pulled off separate knockout wins against a pair of Thai opponents in the co-main feature of a big boxing card Saturday at the Mandaluyong gym.
The 23-year-old Sonsona smashed Petchnamnung Sithsaithong in just two rounds of their bantamweight bout, while Penalosa, also 21, demolished Yodpichai Sithsaithong in four rounds of a super-bantamweight encounter.
Of the two, Sonsona was the most impressive as Petchnamnung left the venue nursing a broken left jaw by the time the Filipino was through with his job at the 1:54 mark of the second round of a scheduled 10.
The Thai fighter – who lost for the second time in the country and fell to 9-3, with 7 KOs – was later brought to a nearby hospital for further check up.
“Back pedal siya ng back pedal, habol lang naman ako ng habol. Alam ko aabutan ko rin,” said the southpaw from General Santos City, who 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.
A cousin of former world super-flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona, Eden raised his record to 29-6, with 9 KOs.
Penalosa 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 Penalosa, who worked his corner.
Scoring several heavy punches to the body, Penalosa 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 6.
The younger Penalosa kept his unbeaten record to 5 with 2 KOs as he won his first ever match against a foreign opponent.
“Matigas din ang katawan at panga,” he said of his smaller Thai foe (7-6, 3 KOs). “Nahirapan akong hanapin `yung weak point niya kaya natagalan ako. Pero nung nakita ko na, itinodo ko na.”
Uncle Gerry Penalosa, 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.
“Unti-untiin natin. Kulang pa sa experience,” said the big boss of Gerry Pens promotions.
The elder Penalosa said five more fights and he’ll be planning to have his nephew begin campaigning in regional boxing organizations.