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De Leon destroys Bautista; Penalosa shocks Gonzalez!

From the Arco Arena
Sacramento, California

Daniel Ponce-De Leon KO1 Rey Boom Boom Bautista
Retains WBO Super Bantamweight Championship

Daniel Ponce De Leon came out swinging, and swinging HARD against Rey Boom Boom Bautista. A right-left combination from De Leon dropped Bautista and hurt him badly. Bautista barely made it to his feet, but was still badly hurt. The referee let the fight continue and De Leon moved in to drop Bautista again and the referee immediately stopped the fight. Bautista appeared to come out cold, as he did not properly warm up in the dressing room for what was the 21 year old's first world title fight. That's no excuse, though. What a statement from De Leon, in a fight that figured to be a barn burner on paper. The fight turned out to be a one round blowout. Bautista, in the Medina fight, was somewhat exposed for being chinny and having a shaky defense, but I did not expect this fight to end in one round. Let's see De Leon and Israel Vasquez!

Gerry Penalosa KO 7 Jhonny Gonzalez
Wins WBO Bantamweight Championship
Was I ever wrong about this fight! I expected Jhonny Gonzalez to outbox and beat down the older and smaller Gerry Penalosa. Gonzalez appeared to be on his way to outboxing Penalosa, as he was up on the scorecards through six rounds. In the seventh frame, however, Penalosa suddenly knocked out Gonzalez with a bodyshot. In a stunning upset, Penalosa is the new WBO Bantamweight Champion! Props to the older seasoned Philippino Champion!

Television: HBO Boxing After Dark