Mananquil, nalo sa Japanese rival

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NADOMINA ni interim OPBF bantamweight champion Ben Mananquil ng Pilipinas ang world ranked na Hapones na si Tenta Kiyose para matamo ang bakanteng WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight championship kamakalawa sa Wink Budokan, Himeji, Hyogo, Japan.

“The classy Mananquil started slow calculating the moves of his opponent breaking down his defense and schooling him round by round,” ayon sa ulat ng Fightnews.com. “Mananquil saw his chance in the eighth round and dropped Kiyose to the canvass. The Japanese fought back like a warrior but was no match to the stylish Filipino who won by unanimous decision.”

Nagpasalamat si Mananquil sa kanyang manedyer na si SanMan big boss Jim Claude Manangquil sa pagkakataong ibinigay sa kanya dahil tiyak na papasok siya sa world rankings sa panalo kay Kiyose na nakalistang No. 12 sa WBA at No. 15 sa IBF sa world bantamweight rankings.

“This win is so sweet because I won it far away from home. Kiyose was tough but I had him figured out. I am so happy to bring home this belt. I dedicate the win to my family, to my SanMan team and to my countrymen,” ayon kay Mananquil.

-Gilbert Espeña