Plania knocks out veteran Francisco in 28 seconds

“MAGIC” Mike Plania made quick work of tough veteran Jeffrey Francisco after knocking him out in the opening round of the co-main event of Sanman Promotions’ “Double Trouble” boxing show last Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City.

Plania landed a left uppercut to the body that dropped Francisco to his knees. The fight was stopped in just 28 seconds.

Plania, who is world rated, successfully bounced back from a unanimous-decision loss to Ra’eese Aleem last Sept. 4 in Los Angeles. He is now 27-2 with 14 knockouts.

Francisco suffered just his second career knockout loss and fell to 15-7-1 with a knockout.

Up-and-comer Ian Sampan won the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) International super featherweight strap over experienced Jason Tinampay.

Sampan dropped Tinampay three time before the fight was stopped in the sixth round.

Sampan remained unbeaten at 8-0 with seven knockouts, while Tinampay dropped to 13-17-1 with 11 knockouts.

In the undercard, RV Deniega (8-0, 5 KOs) stopped Jenny Boy Boca (14-10, 12 KOs) in three rounds; Bryl Bayogos (3-0-1) fought Jelo Bacalso (1-3-2, 1 KO) to a majority draw; Gabriel Tapales (3-1, 3 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout of Jerry Pabila (6-8, 4 KOs); Jhunrick Carcedo (9-1, 9 KOs) destroyed Marbon Bodiongan (15-11-2, 11 KOs) in a single round; Michael Casama (8-1-1, 8 KOs) settled to a technical draw with Rey Ramos (8-14-3, 3 KOs); former world title challenger Jayson Mama (18-1, 10 KOs) demolished Crison Omayao (24-28-5, 8 KOs) in four rounds; and Jimler Cubay (3-0, 3 KOs) ended Nicong Calamba’s (9-38-5, 6 KOs) night in two rounds.