Plania stuns Nunez in first round, inches closer to possible world title shot

Published November 22, 2021, 7:16 AM

by Carlo Anolin

Mike Plania only needed one round to stop Ricardo Nunez of Panama and score a technical knockout win in their super bantamweight bout at the Manuel Artime Community center Theater in Miami Florida Saturday, Nov. 20 (Sunday in Manila).

Mike Plania (Top Rank)

After Plania landed a strong counter right overhand punch that wobbled Nunez, the General Santos City boxer unloaded a couple of crisp combinations which pushed his foe to the corner and forced the referee to stop the match at the 2:41 mark of the first round.

Nunez, for his part, stood up on his ground early in the first few seconds of the match and traded blows with Plania.

But Plania took control of the pace with his counterpunching as well as a few uppercuts on the side.

With the win, the 24-year-old Plania rolled on to his 11th straight victory since knocking out compatriot John Rey Lauza in May 2018.

The Filipino boxer, who holds a 25-1 record on top of 12 knockouts, inched closer to a possible world title shot while Nunez suffered his seventh straight loss since May 2018 as well.

Plania also stopped the losing skid of Sanman Promotions as both Mark Vincent Bernaldez and John Vincent Moralde absorbed their respective defeats earlier this month.

Currently, the super bantamweight/junior featherweight divisions are being led by three undefeated champions.

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7 KOs) of Uzbekistan holds the WBA and IBF title, American Brandon Figueroa (22-0, 17 KOs) owns the WBC belt, and Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) is the WBO champion.