Thursday, September 14, 2006

Zambales' Nagal Stops Akihiro in Two

By Rey Danseco

Showing one punch knockout power, Philippine rated brawler Alfred Nagal annihilated Japanese Shippu Akihiro at 2:21 of the second round in Japan.

The southpaw Nagal, ranked No. 5 light flyweight in the country, floored Akihiro twice en route to score an impressive victory in his Japan debut on Sunday night at IMP Hall in Osaka.

A devastating left straight to the jaw finished off the previously unbeaten Japanese, fighter who was counted out by the referee. The fight was scheduled for 8-round as one of the six-fight in the card of Osaka Teiken Promotions.

The last time the pride of Barangay Bamban in Masinloc, Zambales made the same feat on December 18 in Trece Martirez, Cavite. Trailing on points, Nagal knocked out Robert Rubillar with a single left cross in round 8.

Nagal, who turned 26 years old Wednesday, improved to 19-15-2 record with 11 knockouts in his career.

“First time lang lumaban ni Nagal sa abroad kaya pinaghandaan talaga nya. Suwerte (si Nagal) na-knockout ang kalaban,” said trainer-turned matchmaker Ronald Jerez, who seconded Nagal.

Nagal, who once challenger for RP and Philippine Boxing Federation light flyweight titles, took home $420 (more than P21,000) from the stipulated $1,000 purse.

Nagal’s manager Melvin Sagun shared $280. The Mandaluyong-based Japanese Yuki Murayama, who matched Nagal in the fight, and Jerez took home $100 each, like the amount of the license fee from Japanese Boxing Commission (JBC). Jerez also took the P3,180 that he spent for Nagal’s medical fee requirements.

Nagal trained for the fight at Tiger City Gym in Mandaluyong City under former two-division world champion Luisito Espinosa’s younger brother Lando Espinosa.

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