Rolando Dy finishes Japanese foe in 23 seconds; Kadestam keeps PXC title
MANILA, Philippines – Rolando Gabriel Dy sent a strong message to the entire featherweight locker room of Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) by scoring his first knockout victory in nearly 5 years.
Proving that he is worthy contender at the 145-pound weight class, the 24-year-old Filipino fighter knocked out previously-unbeaten stalwart Koyomi Matsushima in the co-headliner of PXC 53 on Friday, April 8, at Solaire Resort and Casino’s luxurious Grand Ballroom in Parañaque City.
Dy, a son of former boxing world champion Rolando Navarrete, finished the job in just 23 seconds by delivering a counter left hook before polishing off his Japanese opponent with hammerfists to compel referee Jacob Guerrero to wave it off.
“This fight is almost impossible to win. This guy was undefeated and won his past fights via knockout, but because of the Lord Jesus Christ, I won,” Dy said in his post-fight interview.
As Dy celebrated his emphatic knockout win over Matsushima inside PXC’s Terror Dome, he did not hesitate to call out reigning featherweight kingpin Alex Volkanovski and described the Australian champion as a “roided midget.”
After 3 satisfactory stints at bantamweight, Dy made his return to the featherweight division this past January by outclassing compatriot Miguel Mosquera via unanimous decision.
Dy picked up where he left off by thwarting Matsushima, cementing his position as one of the viable options to challenge Volkanovski.
With the impressive outing against Matsushima, Dy improves his win-loss standing to 7-4 and is currently riding high on a two-fight winning streak.
On the other hand, Matsushima tastes the first loss of his young career and downgrades his record to 5-1.
In the main event, Zebaztian Kadestam (8-2) made a quick work of Finnish combatant Glenn Sparv (12-4) to successfully defend his PXC welterweight title for the second time.
The 5-foot-11 Swede staggered Sparv with a solid left hook and then clobbered a right uppercut before hurling 3 more punches on the ground to force veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy to step in and halt the contest in only 11 seconds.
Following his triumph over Sparv, Kadestam quickly expressed his desires to receive a phone call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
“UFC, what’s up,” Kadestam blurted out after the bout.
PXC served as the footstool for several competitors such as Roldan Sangcha-an, Jon Tuck, Hyun Gyu Lim, Dustin Kimura, Louis Smolka and Michinori Tanaka to be noticed by the UFC.
Team Lakay, one of the country’s most popular and elite mixed martial arts groups, went 1-1 on the undercard of PXC 53.
Up-and-coming talent Jon Chris Corton (4-3) bowed down to Rilley Dutro (7-3) via unanimous decision with three 30-27 scores across the panel.
However, Corton’s teammate Stephen Loman (6-2) was able to bag a unanimous decision victory over Ernie Braca (2-3).
In other matches, Adam Cacay (6-3) survived a first-round scare by Anton Larsson (2-1) as he outwrestled his Norwegian counterpart to claim a unanimous decision.
Rex De Lara (4-5) edged out Australian visitor Darwin (4-4) via majority decision, while Aydin Mrouki (2-1) topped short-notice opponent Jaypee Espinosa (1-2) by unanimous decision.
Adamson Torbiso (2-1) got his hand raised in triumph against Uzbekistani flyweight Farmon Gafarov (3-2) by way of unanimous decision.