Gerry Peñalosa is still the WBO bantamweight king after the referee stopped the fight against Thai challenger Ratanachai Sor Vorapin Sunday morning at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Referee Gino Rodriguez prevented the fighters from continuing the bout after seeing that the Thai boxer cannot trade punches anymore with 29 seconds remaining in Round 8.
Peñalosa, 35, scored two knockdowns against Vorapin during the course of the 12-rounder. In Round 5, the 31-year-old Thai was nearly floored but managed to cling on Peñalosa's waist.
Another knockdown occurred in Round 7 as the Filipino boxer continued to threw punches that connected to the Thai's body and face.
Peñalosa said he saw Vorapin as one determined fighter who defended himself throughout the bout.
Asked who he plans to take on next, Peñalosa answered: "No one else but the one who beat Boom Boom Bautista -- (Daniel) Ponce de Leon."
Peñalosa now has a win-loss slate of 52-6 with 35 knockouts while Vorapin dropped to 72-10 with 48 KOs. With a report from Dennis Gasgonia