Phenomenal kid makes smashing pro debut

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Power-hitting Vinz Paras left many in awe after scoring a rousing first round knockout in his first professional boxing fight at the atrium of Robinson’s Place here.

Paras unloaded a barrage of powerful combination forcing his opponent Romeo Garde of Davao City into corner.

An amateur standout who cannot wait to turn pro, Paras displayed ring class by throwing an array of punches that pinned Garde in the ropes near the latter’s corner.

Garde, who made the mistake of trading punches with Paras, absorbed punishing body punches that scarily sent him down in the canvass for more than 5 minutes.

It was over in 1:31 seconds in the first round.

Vince Paras, left, digs to the body of Romeo Garde.  Paras went on to score a 1st round knockout victory over Garde in General Santos City Saturday evening.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Vince Paras, left, digs to the body of Romeo Garde. Paras went on to score a 1st round knockout victory over Garde in General Santos City Saturday evening.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Mayor Jojo Lopez of Maasim town in Sarangani, who took the 18-year old Paras under his wing, said he was ‘disappointed’ the fight ended too quickly.

But he was all praises for his new ward.

Paras caught the attention of television networks when he was billed as the next big thing in General Santos City boxing.

He was featured by the British Broadcasting Corporation and GMA News’ Jessica Soho in run-up coverage to the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algeiri fight last year.

In the main event, local boxing sensation Jake Bornea knocked out Richard Rosales in the 4th round to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific flyweight title.

Bornea improved to 10-1 with 5 knockout victories.

Promising Gensan pugilist Jake Bornea (left) scored a 4th KO win over Richard Rosales to capture the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight crown.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Promising Gensan pugilist Jake Bornea (left) scored a 4th KO win over Richard Rosales to capture the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight crown.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

His win made it a double victory as twin brother Jade also scored a six-round unanimous victory over Salatiel Amit of Cebu in the undercard.

In the co-main event, Jelbirt Gomera stopped journeyman Prell Tupas in the 3rd round to remain unbeaten in 8 pro fights and capture the Philippines Boxing Federation super bantamweight title.

John Vincent Moralde made a workmanlike 3-round demolition of William George of Bukidnon for his first fight after his victory over Australian Brayd Smith who died due to head injuries after their match in Queensland Australia last March.

Other results: Junuel Lacar was held to a draw by Jimboy Haya while Jetro Pabustan walked with a decision victory over Virgilo Silvano.

Dominador Diama Jr likewise won over Marjun Pantiligan while Rene Margace stopped Romulo Ramay in the 3rd round.

Joey Antonio scored a majority decision against Lony Cadayday while Mark Bawaan and Holly Quiñones fought to a draw.

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