Filipino boxers

Plania stops Nunez in 1st round, boosts chances for world title bid

Roy Luarca

NEAR PERFECT. Mike Plania raises his record to 26-1 with 13 knockouts.

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Filipino Mike Plania posts his 11th straight win as he makes a strong case for a crack at a super bantamweight title

Mike “Magic” Plania pulled off another magical act in the ring on Saturday, November 20 (Sunday, November 21, Manila time) at the Manuel Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida.

Wobbling Ricardo Nunez with a hard right, Plania never let up on his assault, and with the Panamanian being pummeled by punches, the referee halted the super bantamweight bout at the 2:41 mark of the first round.

Wielding the same form that enabled him to stun the touted Joshua Greer Jr. last year, Plania controlled the tempo from the opening bell, sizing up Nunez with lead lefts.

Rather than keep his distance, Nunez chose to rumble with Plania, who hasn’t stopped his last three victims, at the middle of the ring.

It was a bad decision as Plania was quicker and sharper with his blows.

The 24-year-old Plania posted his 11th straight win and raised his record to 26-1 with 13 knockouts.

Nunez, a two-time world title contender, absorbed his seventh straight loss and dropped to 29-13 with 23 knockouts.

More important, Plania convinced Sanman Promotions head JC Manangquil that he’s ready for a crack at the 125-pound crown.

“A world title fight next,” texted Manangquil. “We’ll look for big fight.”

As to whether Plania will stay in Miami or go home to General Santos City for the holiday season remains up for discussion.

What’s certain is Plania will be given a break from training by Cuban Osmiri Fernandez. –