Ryan Songalia

Nazareno KOs Vaughn on Pacquiao-Rios undercard

MACAU – In a match between two of Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for this camp, Dan Nazareno Jr. (18-10, 14 knockouts) of San Fernando, Philippines, battered Liam Vaughan (8-2, 2 KOs) of Liverpool, England, around the ring for four minutes, prompting Vaughan’s corner to step on the apron at :59 of Round 2 to rescue their fighter.

Nazareno Jr., who has spent most of his career taking short notice fights abroad, came out aggressively in Round 1, landing virtually every left hook and right hand that he threw. Vaughan, 23, was out on his feet at the end of the second.

Sensing his opponent’s vulnerability, Nazareno proceeded to stalk his opponent, hurting him with a body shot that opened Vaughan up for more punishment.

Both Vaughan and Nazareno were replacements for the undermanned Pacquiao sparring squad after two of the original sparring partners either were sent home or never showed up.

Junior bantamweight Rex Tso (11-0, 7 KOs), of Hong Kong, had no issues with Thai journeyman Susu Sithjadaeng (7-4, 2 KOs), stopping him at 2:29 of the first round.

Tso, 26, scored a knockdown ten seconds into the fight with a straight left hand. Sithjadaeng rose up at the count of seven but was met by a non-stop assault of uppercuts and body shots that forced the referee to half the bout.

In lightweight action, Ik Yang (14-0, 9 KOs), of Da Lia, China, won a six-round majority decision over Indonesia’s Tito Hero (7-3). One judge had it even at 57-57, but was overruled by the other two at 60-54 and 59-55.

Yang, who has improved since coming under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, worked impressive combinations on Tito.

Filipino junior lightweight prospect Harmonito Dela Torre (11-0, 6 KOs) kicked off the show with a third-round knockout of Indonesian Jason Butar Butar. The time of stoppage was 1:23.

Dela Torre, who hails from Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City, landed a right uppercut followed by a push that sent Butar down on his back for the referee’s ten count.



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