Up and coming boxer Miel Fajardo knocked out Sarawut Jiamthong of Thailand in less than 10 seconds in the first round of their championship bout on Dec. 28, 2022 in Bangkok to set a possible boxing record.
The 23-year-old Fajardo of Sampaloc, Manila, wasted no time that soon as the bell rang, he connected with a solid left that floored the Thai boxer forcing the referee to quickly stop the fight.
The match promoted by Highland Boxing of Brico Santig dropped jaws among spectators inside the SpacePlus Night Club, as well as to those who watched the bout through social media platforms.
It was not only a shining moment for Fajardo but also for the country, as the Filipino boxer was also hailed the new Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) flyweight champion.
It is the ninth stoppage of Fajardo in 10 professional fights against one loss and two draws while the Thai boxer dropped his record to seven wins with two losses.
Fajardo is also currently placed in the rankings of four major sanctioning bodies in the world.
In a post-fight interview, the Filipino boxer said he was inspired by the national anthem being played before the fight that’s why he quickly set up his opponent for the kill.
“It was the first time I did something like this,” Fajardo said in an interview with Philboxing.
It was also the first time boxing fans around the world watched such powerful knockout in less than 10 seconds.
Fajardo credited his successful six-year fighting career to all his supporters, especially his coach Ericson Asilo of Sampaloc; his manager, Filipino-American Monte Flores; and the collaboration of promoter Brico Santig and ABF President Naris Singwancha. – Harley F. Palangchao