By Ryan Songalia, Rappler.com
NEW YORK CITY, USA – John Vincent Moralde’s debut on American soil ended in disheartening fashion as he was outworked and stopped by Toka Kahn Clary Friday, December 1 (Saturday Manila time), in his biggest exposure to date.
Moralde, a previously unbeaten featherweight from Davao City, Philippines, was kept on his stool after the seventh of a 10-round scheduled fight in Providence, Rhode Island, after being battered around the ring for the previous 5 rounds by his Liberian-born opponent, who now lives and fights out of Rhode Island.
There were no knockdowns but the 25-year-old Moralde (19-1, 10 knockouts) had lost all snap on his punches following an aggressive first two rounds and was a sitting target for the body punches and straight lefts of Clary (24-1, 17 KOs), who has now won 5 straight following his only defeat, a first-round knockout to Filipino Jhon Gemino in September of 2016.
“He was doing good in the early rounds but he gassed out,” said Moralde’s promoter Jim Claude Manangquil, who says Moralde was weakened by dropping from 147 pounds to 125 pounds over 4 weeks to make weight for this fight.