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    Rene Catalan stuns Yoshitaka Naito with first-round TKO in Myanmar

    Mar 9, 2019

    RENE Catalan scored a stunning first round TKO win over former strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: Reign of Valor on Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    It was a convincing win for the 40-year-old strawweight contender, unleashing a masterful performance with his striking game to stop his Japanese foe at the 4:32 mark of the first round.

    Naito could not capitalize on his grappling game as Catalan showed relentlessness with his strikes, pummeling the two-time division king on his way to stretch his six-fight win streak.

    "I know that his grappling is on a high level, but with my wrestling training with coach (Verangel Mana-ay Jr.), I was able to pin him down. There was an opening for a knee, that’s why I went for it, then I never stopped because I didn’t want to go to a second round," said the Filipino fighter.

    Catalan improved to 6-2 (1 NC) and has put himself in a position for a title shot as he expects to be one of those in front of the line for the winner of the rematch between Yosuke Saruta and Joshua Pacio in April.

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    Meanwhile, Jomary Torres suffered a first round submission defeat to Lin Heqin of China.

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