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Young Sangiao breaks no sweat, earns hefty US$50,000 bonus anew

AND THE WINNER. Jhanlo Mark Sangiao needed less than a minute to defeat Matias Farinelli for his third win in the ONE Championship last Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. Sangiao also earned US$50,000 for his efforts, the second straight after his feat in December 3 last year. | ONE Championship Photo

Jhanlo Mark “The Machine” Sangiao needed less than one minute to make short works of Argentine Matias Farinelli and earned for himself another US$50,000 (roughly PHP 1.28 million) four months after his win on December 3 last year.

It was another impressive win for the son of Team Lakay founder, head coach and namesake as he scored his sixth straight win, and third in the biggest mixed martial arts arena in the ONE Fight Night 9, which served as its curtain raiser, last Saturday at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Meanwhile, Denice Zamboanga made it two for two for the country when she beat Julie Mezabarba of Brazil via unanimous decision. It was the second straight win for Zamboanga, who was earlier a top atomweight prospect.

In the main event, Jonathan Haggerty knocked out Nong-O Hama in the first round to claim the ONE bantamweight Muay Thai belt.

Last Friday, Carlos “Limitless” Alvarez made good his ONE Championship debut after a second-round technical knockout win over Reza Abasi of Iran.

From the start, the 24-year old Team Lakay newbie was the aggressor as he scored a takedown just 10 seconds into the fight. Hoping to end the game early, Alvarez rained down knees to the head of the Irani but the latter withstood it.

The two then exchanged punches before taking the fight to the mat where Alvarez mounted his opponent and threw a series of punches and the Irani even lost his mouthpiece.

Alvarez, who looked winded in the second round, had more in his bag, mounted Abasi and a flurry of punches ensued that drew a cut at the Irani’s left eye.

A series of unanswered punches at the 3:50 mark forced the referee to call it out and award the win to the Team Lakay fighter, who celebrated his birthday earlier this month.

However, teammate Adonis Sevilleno dropped his fight against Enkh-Orgil of Mongolia via unanimous decision, his second after debuting in December 3 last year. Sevilleno was the winner of the ONE Warrior Series of last year. Pigeon Lobien

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