After Pacio’s decisive victory, another Saruta fight unlikely to happen soon

first_imgGALLERY: Filipino fighters shine in ONE: Roots of Honor P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Saruta scored an early knock down in the fight but it was Pacio who had the advantage in terms of striking with his constant spinning heel kicks backing the Japanese off.Pacio upped his striking in the fourth round connecting with stiff right straight and following it up with a head kick.The fight eventually came to massive ending when Pacio’s right knee cracked Saruta’s left temple 2:43 into the fourth round.“If you look at Pacio, he was very tentative, I knew he had the KO power but truth be told I was impressed with Saruta,” said Sityodtong. “He wanted to win the fight, he had the better exchanges.”ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joshua Pacio connects with a punch. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no controversy this time around.After a controversial decision in their first fight, Joshua Pacio didn’t leave anything to chance and knocked Saruta out cold to reclaim the gold in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The first time they met in January, Saruta defeated Pacio for the belt in a split decision win that drew the ire of ONE chief Chatri Sityodotong, who immediately ordered a rematch.But after that decisive victory by the Team Lakay bet, another rematch doesn’t look like the best plan anytime soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“That was definitive, if you get knocked out like that, you got to work your way back up,” said Sityodtong. “Joshua was the clear winner so I don’t see a third unless Saruta works his way up.”Pacio and Saruta were locked in a tight contest with neither fighter getting control of the other. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img

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