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Noli Maquilan KOs Benny Canete for WBC Asia title, Eman Bacosa stays unbeaten with KO win

By Ivan Saldajeno

PARANAQUE--Noli Maquilan claimed the vacant WBC Asian Continental bantamweight title after stunning Benny Canete in their showdown that headlined the boxing part of the 1st Pacquiao-Elorde Awards Night on Sunday night at the Okada Manila Grand Ballroom.

In a match that was deemed tight as how the judges scored the first four rounds of the supposed 12-rounder, Maquilan caught Canete with a "liver shot" that the latter felt too badly that he remained lying on the floor for about a minute after getting knocked out.

Canete, who dropped to 10-2, eventually got up to his feet.

Maquilan moved up to 9-1 in his young career and made a significant step toward potentially luring bigger names in the 118-pound division.

Meanwhile, Giemel Magramo put up a dominating performance to beat Denmark Quibido for the Philippine super flyweight title in the co-main event.

Magramo put up a boxing clinic that was evident by opening cuts and swelling to Quibido's face en route to a unanimous decision win.

Magramo is now 29-4 in his career, while Quibido fell to 13-3-1.

In one of the non-title fights, Eman Bacosa knocked out Jay Clyde Langahin in a four-rounder.

Despite an unexpected twist at the 10-second warning of Round 1 that saw the referee stopping both Bacosa and Langahin as he thought it was the final bell for the round before calling it an inadvertent stoppage, Bacosa pounded on Langahin and eventually finishing him off with exactly a minute left in Round 3.

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