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Mananquil bags WBO belt in Japan


Boxer Ben Mananquil of SanMan (W17 KO4 L1 D0) won big on the road after dominating Tenta Kiyose of Japan to snare the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Championship belt.

The classy Mananquil started out slow, waiting for the right opportunity to strike. He saw that chance in the eighth round and dropped Kiyose to the canvass. The Japanese fought back but was simply no match to the Filipino who won by unanimous decision.

“This win is so sweet because I won it far away from home. Kiyose was tough but I had him figured out. I am so happy to bring home this belt. I dedicate the win to my family, to my SanMan team and to my countrymen”, Mananquil said.

Ben Mananquil

Ben Mananquil

SanMan CEO Jim Claude Manangquil thus found another reason to celebrate after his other wards (Gaballo, Duno and Apolinario) all won in Manila.

“This is another blessing. Another belt added to the SanMan belt collection. Indeed good things come to disciplined and hardworking boxers. Ben is a harwordking kid. He deserves this win”, Manangquil said.

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