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Ifugao boxer Natuplag takes WBO – Oriental belt after WBC – Asia

KJ Natuplag posing with two time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jearome Calica. Photo courtesy of Jearome Calica

KJ Natuplag made short works of his Thai opponent to register a second round knockout and take the World Boxing Organization – Oriental featherweight belt last Saturday at the Fight Club Champion Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The reigning World Boxing Council Asian featherweight king defeated Boonrueang Phayom of Thailand for his third straight win and the second regional belt.

Natuplag, 26, who trains under Vic MMA Gym won the WBC-Asia belt last June with a TKO win on Attanon Kunlawong of Thailand, also in Dubai, where he is now based.

It was the 11th win for the Ifugao native, 10 of which coming by way of KO or TKO. He also has three losses and two draws.

Prior the fight, Natuplag has improved on his lateral movements and improved on his defense and offense.

The 26-year old fighter also thanked his promoter and the Cordillera community of mostly overseas Filipino workers like him who are behind him in his quest including provision of financial assistance.

Natuplag was true to his promise to give his best performance in the fight against the Thai so he could bring home the crown. Pigeon Lobien

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