Undefeated ALA fighter AJ “Bazooka” Banal suffered his first career loss after getting knocked down in the 10th round of the bout against Panamanian Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion. Banal was sent to the canvass at 2:35 of the 10th round and refused to get back on his feet. He was clearly exhausted after getting hit on the body by the Panamanian visitor.
Banal appeared to be in top form especially in the first few rounds when he unleashed nasty combinations that hit Concepcion hard. During the middle rounds however, Banal seemed to have lost steam which and Concepcion took notice of this. Concepcion, nicknamed “El Torito” or little bull in English lived up to his name and gored his way back into the fight and eventually floored Banal with a pair of nasty rights.
Banal, down on his knees and obviously spent, shook his head as the referee made the count of 10.
In the under card features, Filipino boxer Milan Milendo capture the WBA Intercontinental gold via unanimous decision over Panamanian Carlos Melo. Michael Domingo, a Filipino, knocked out Rivo Rengkung of Indonesia in the second round to capture the WBO Oriental crown. James Bacon, also from Philippines, knocked out his Indonesian opponent Skak Max in the sixth and final round of their match.
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