Petalcorin loses 2nd title fight in two years

FORMER interim World Boxing Assocation (WBA) light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin’s woes in world championship fights continue after he lost his World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title fight with champion Ken Shiro on Dec. 23, 2019 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

The 27-year-old Shiro dropped Petalcorin three times in the third round and finished him off with a body shot in the fourth round. Referee Frank Garza stopped the fight in the 1:08 mark of the fourth.

It was Shiro’s seventh title defense since dethroning veteran Ganigan Lopez in 2017. Some of his victims in his winning streak are Lopez, Milan Melindo and Pedro Guevara.

Shiro, whose real name is Kenshiro Teraji, remained undefeated at 17-0 with 10 knockouts, while the 27-year-old Petalcorin dropped to 31-4-1 with 23 knockouts.

Petalcorin has fought for two world titles in two years. He, however, hasn’t had much success. He lost to Felix Alvarado in 2018 for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight belt in Pasay City.

Petalcorin was rated No. 4 in the IBF and No. 12 in the WBC before this fight. His world rating is expected to dip after his recent loss to Shiro. (EKA)