WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Ryan Songalia
WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017
A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

There’s a lot to love about the sweet science – the strategy, the athleticism, the valor. We’ve covered much of that in my year-end awards for Philippine boxing earlier this month. Now it’s time to focus on the knockouts, the pinnacle of dominance in the sport.

Some of these we touched on in the awards story, but some missed the cut. Here’s a selection of knockouts from the pro scene in 2017 for your enjoyment.

Jonas Sultan KO8 Sonny Boy Jaro

May 7 – Angono, Rizal

Sultan was too quick, strong and young for the aging ex-champ Jaro, who was brave to the very end.


Milan Melindo TKO1 Akira Yaegashi

May 21 – Tokyo, Japan

Three quick knockdowns later and Melindo finally fulfills his dream to become a champion. 

Rey Megrino KO1 Yuki Strong Kobayashi

March 11 – Hong Kong

First serious punch landed, 23 seconds in. Doesn’t get much more efficient than that.

Romero Duno KO2 Christian Gonzalez

March 10 – Los Angeles

Gonzalez tried to back up Duno from the opening bell, but someone forgot to tell him that Duno can punch.


Edward Heno KO9 Cris Ganoza

March 19 – Makati City

This leaping uppercut knockout was reminiscent of Prince Naseem Hamed, and the heavy-handed Laguna native has since leapt to the OPBF junior flyweight title.

Mark Magsayo TKO1 Daniel Diaz

July 8 – Cebu City

Magsayo continues his campaign to secure bigger fights, destroying an experienced but faded former title challenger.


Recky Dulay KO3 Jaime Arboleda

July 15 – Inglewood, California

Recky? More like Wreck-y, as the LA-based puncher from Northern Samar paints the first loss on the previously-unbeaten Panamanian.

Jhack Tepora KO2 Lusanda Komanisi

September 22 – East London, South Africa

As noted in my year-end awards, Komanisi falls the wrong way like a bad WWE bump. And Tepora now has a win that justifies his prospect distinction.

Jerwin Ancajas TKO6 Jamie Conlan

November 18 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

Was a bloody, one-sided affair with Ancajas pummeling Conlan’s body something fierce. When the ref started calling every significant body shot low, Ancajas finished him upstairs.

Mark John Yap KO10 Seizo Kono

December 3 – Osaka, Japan

What’s not to love about a body shot KO?

Bonus: Reymart Gaballo TKO2 Ernesto Guerrero

November 15 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Gaballo makes his US debut in style against an experienced Mexican foe, scoring two knockdowns to stay unbeaten.

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