Dubai, United Arab Emirates - KJ "The Ipugo" Natuplag, a proud Igorot from Ifugao, Philippines, recently stunned Boonrueang Phayom of Thailand with a devastating knockout in the 2nd round to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental featherweight title on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the VIC Sports Complex in Dubai.
The 26-year-old Natuplag, who had recently been training in Dubai for over a year, came out aggressive from the opening bell. He landed a series of hard punches to the head and body of Phayom, who was clearly struggling to keep up.
In the 2nd round, Natuplag landed a left hook to the body that sent Phayom to the canvas. Phayom got up, but Natuplag was relentless. He immediately landed a right hook to the head that sent Phayom down for a second time, and the referee was forced to stop the fight at 1:20 of the round.
The victory was a major statement from Natuplag, who is now the WBO Oriental featherweight champion. He is expected to move up the world rankings, and he is now one step closer to challenging for the world title.
"I am very happy with my performance," said Natuplag. "I knew that I had to be aggressive, and I was able to land my punches. I am very proud of myself, and I am looking forward to the future. I am also proud to be an Igorot, and I hope that my victory inspires other Igorot youth to pursue their dreams."
Natuplag's victory was a proud moment for the Philippines, and it is a sign that the country is producing world-class boxers. Natuplag is a rising star in the sport, and he is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.