Kenshiro Teraji stops Randy Petalcorin in four!
Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10 KOs) impressively took apart Randy Pelactorin (31-4-1, 23 KOs) in four rounds to retain the WBC Light Flyweight title for the seventh time!.
The first two rounds saw both men trying to figure each other out. A southpaw, Pelactorin found some success landing left hands on the champion who had trouble finding the range.
Teraji stepped up the pace in the third. Having difficulty landing consistently on the outside, he began to step forward forcing the action and focused on the body of the challenger.
A hard right hand to the pit of the stomach by the 27-year-old from Japan put down the challenger early in the round. Sensing weakness, the champion continued to pound the body. Pelactorin went down two more times courtesy of right hands to the stomach and was lucky to survive the round.
Barely surviving the previous round, Pelactorin began the fourth fighting hard. However, that just left him open to get hit.
Teraji stepped back and struck gold again with body-shots. The 27-year-old Filipino went down again for the fourth time and final time by a right to the body and was counted out with 1:52 remaining in the round.
The champion is starting to hit his prime and is at the top of his game. Pelactorin was a late-substitute for what was supposed to be a unification bout against IBF champion Felix Alvarado who had to pull out due to illness.
Teraji has stated previously he wants to unify the division. Look for him to continue that pursuit in 2020!
By: Michael Wilson Jr.