■ Harley F. Palangchao
Team Lakay’s rising fighter Carlo Von Bumina-ang just needed to unleash two powerful punches to knockout his Turkish opponent in 23 seconds in ONE Friday Fights 44 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 9.
The 29-year-old Bumina-ang also sustained his winning streak to four, as he also frustrated Ilyas Dursun in his ONE Championship debut.
Bumina-ang, a silver medalist in vovinam in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, unleashed a right hook then he followed it up with an overhand left sending the Turkish fighter unconscious against the right ropes.
Fight fans were frustrated that Bumina-ang did not receive a bonus for his stellar performance, but it definitely earned him more credits for that $100,000 worth contract to the ONE main roster.
Since earning a hard-earned win in October via a split decision against Denis Andreev, Bumina-ang has been sharpening his skills prior to his penciled bout against the Turkish striker.
Known for his calculated aggression and well-rounded skill set, Bumina-ang has swiftly made a mark in the martial arts scene showcasing his ability to seamlessly blend striking with grappling.
Bumina-ang’s four-fight winning streak showcases his versatility as a martial artist from striking, grappling, or sheer mental toughness.
Meanwhile, fellow Filipino fighter Fritz Biagtan suffered a unanimous decision loss to Babar Ali, who took control of the game courtesy of his world-class ground control skills.
Biagtan has landed solid strikes during close-quartered exchanges but it was not enough to convince the three judges in the ringside to side in his favor, as Ali proved to be a better fighter during that bout.