Blow-by-Blow: Kenneth Llover KOs James Pagaling to win PH Youth belt | Inquirer Sports

Blow-by-Blow: Kenneth Llover KOs James Pagaling to win PH Youth belt

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:49 PM July 30, 2023

Kenneth Llover

Kenneth Llover, right, tags James Pagaling 

MANILA, Philippines-Kenneth Llover showed why he has the potential to become the next Filipino boxing star after knocking out James Pagaling in the main event of Manny Pacquiao Presents: Blow-by-Blow on Saturday at San Juan Gym.

Llover put Pagaling to sleep with a well-timed left to the jaw in the fourth round and claimed the Philippine Youth bantamweight crown.

The ending was reminiscent of Manny Pacquiao’s epic second-round demolition of Ricky Hatton more than 14 years ago in Las Vegas.

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Paramedics immediately attended to Pagaling, who was brought to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

“It seems that we are discovering new talent after seeing Llover’s impressive win,” said Pacquiao.

Llover hiked his record to 10-0 with seven knockouts while Pagaling lost for the first time after an 8-0 start to his pro career.

The 20-year-old Llover, who is representing Penalosa Boxing Gym of Libis, Quezon City, is being groomed for bigger things down the road.

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“Boss Manny (Pacquiao) has grand plans for this kid,” former world flyweight title challenger Jonathan Penalosa said.

Blow-by-Blow heads to Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, on August 5.

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