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Randy Petalcorin blitzes Ma Yi Ming in one round

Photo by Kash Ali

Photo by Kash Ali


MANILA, Philippines – Randy Petalcorin’s first defense of the WBA interim junior flyweight title was over almost as soon as it started, as he scored three quick knockdowns to stop Ma Yi Ming in the first round on Friday in Beijing, China.

Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18 knockouts) of Davao City, Philippines blitzed the overmatched Chinese fighter Ma (12-6, 7 KOs) from the opening bell. Using his southpaw jab to occupy his opponent, Petalcorin opened up a barrage of straight left hands that sent Ma to the canvas face-first 50 seconds into the fight.

Petalcorin went back on the attack after the mandatory eight count and put Ma back on a knee seconds later for the second knockdown. Sensing the end was near, Petalcorin continued to pound away with one-two combinations and after toppling Ma for a third time, referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the bout at about the 1:43 mark.

Petalcorin, rated No. 6 by RING at 108 pounds, was competing for the second straight time in China and has remained unbeaten over the last five years. Ma had won his previous nine bouts heading into his fight at the Capital Gym but suffers his fifth loss by knockout.

Petalcorin’s promoter, Jim Claude Manangquil, tells that he wants to see Petalcorin face WBA titleholder Ryoichi Taguchi [Editor’s note: Despite Petalcorin’s “interim” status, recognizes Taguchi as the sole WBA titleholder] or WBC claimant Pedro Guevara in his next bout.

“Randy is ready to face anybody. He is on another level. He will be a superstar,” said Manangquil, who co-promotes Petalcorin with Peter Maniatis of Australia.