Genaro Gamez knocks out Filipino boxer Reymond Yanong in first round

Published July 8, 2020, 2:06 PM

by Nick Giongco

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Genaro Gamez, right, towers over Filipino Reymond Yanong after a knockout win in the first round of their eight-round welterweight bout. (Top Rank Images)

Reymond Yanong of the Philippines suffered a first-round knockout to American rival Genaro Gamez in their scheduled eight-round welterweight bout on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila) in Las Vegas.

Trapped on the ropes, Yanong fell after taking a vicious right to the jaw from Gamez.

The referee reached the count of ten but Yanong remained on all fours, dazed from the solid shot and from a body blow that landed just before the head connections courtesy of Gamez’s punishing fists.

Filipino Reymond Yanong, left, absorbs a body shot from American foe Genaro Gamez in their welterweight match on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in Las Vegas. (Top Rank Images)

Yanong came into the fight fresh from a victory 12 days ago also in Las Vegas.

Gamez, however, wasn’t sold on following the script Yanong had laid out and wound up messing with his opponent’s party plans.

Yanong became the second Filipino boxer to fight in the coronavirus era after Mike Plania.

Filipino fighter Reymond Yanong is down for the count. (Top Rank Images)

Just last week, also in Sin City, Plania’s stablemate Mark Bernaldez lost a shutout decision, becoming the first to lose in the pandemic.

With Yanong losing badly, Bernaldez now has company in the losers’ circle.