Boxing pride of Ifugao is new PBF champion

By Harley Palangchao,

Undefeated KJ Natuplag kept his unblemished boxing record with a six-round technical knockout of Danilo Peña to capture the vacant Phi-lippine Boxing Fede-eration featherweight belt in La Trinidad, Benguet last week.

The pride of Ifugao unleashed crisp jabs and hooks combinations all throughout the rounds and managed to defend the wild shots to his body from his 36-year-old opponent from Manila.

NEW PBF CHAMPION — KJ Natuplag of Ifugao (right) stopped Danilo Peña via technical knockout to capture the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation featherweight belt in the main event of Highland Brawl 2: War in the North held at the Cordillera Career and Development College gym. — Harley Palangchao

The combinations took toll on Peña, whose corner decided not to answer the bell at the start of the seventh round of their scheduled eight round championship bout at the Cordillera Career and Development College gymnasium.

Boxing fans cheered for Natuplag, as he tried to brawl with the older Peña in the early rounds before the Ifugao boxer recomposed himself to execute his game plan to successfully cap the event dubbed: Highland Brawl 2: War in the North.

The 21-year-old Natuplag improved his record to six wins and one draw while Peña dropped to 27 wins, 29 losses and five draws.

In the main undercards, Jules Victoriano of Baguio won via unanimous decision against Juanito Paredes of Parañaque while Jayson Nicart of Bacoor City was outclassed by Benguet boxer Brian Lobetania via fifth-round TKO.

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