Magic Mike Plania scores first round KO win over Panamania foe

Gen. Santos City’s Mike “Magic” Plania scored a smashing 11th straight win against Ricardo “El Matematico” Nuñez in the very first round in their non-title bout lining himself up as a strong contender for the world super bantamweight title.

Plania of Sanman Boxing achieved yet another magical win atop the ring on November 20 (Sunday, November 21, Philippine time) at the Manuel Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida.

He planted a solid right hand on his Panamanian foe that sent him dizzy and continued his fierce attack with flurry of punches, and the referee stopped the punishment at the 2:41 mark of the opening round.

Plania displayed the same aggression that upset the favorite Joshua Greer Jr. last year, as he dominated the fight from the opening bell, striking Nuñez with hard hitting lefts.

Nuñez fought at close range mixed it up with Plania at the center of the ring. The Filipino proved to possess faster and keener punches which caused the stoppage of the match.

The 24-year-old Plania recorded his 11th straight win and raised his record to 26-1 with 13 knockouts. He stopped his opponent after three straight decision wins: Emmanuel Mogawa of Dipolog City by UD, Joshua Greer Jr of Chicago by MD, and Giovanni Gutierrez of Nicaragua by UD.

Nuñez, a two-time world title challenger, suffered his seventh straight loss and his record dipped to 29-13 with 23 knockouts. He lost to Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina by 8th round TD for the WBA flyweight title and to Moruti Mthalane of South Africa by 8th round TKO for the IBF flyweight title.

Plania showed Sanman Promotions owner JC Manangquil that he is ripe for a challenge at the super bantamweight belt. “A world title fight next,” Manangquil was quoted Rappler. “We’ll look for big fight.”

Plania is considered one of Sanman Boxing Gym’s brightest prospects, was also the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) North American super bantamweight champion.

More significantly, Plania ended Sanman Boxing gym’s back-to-back defeats of its fighters after John Vincent Moralde and Mark Vincent Bernaldez’s knockout losses in their respective bouts earlier this month.

Moralde lost to Mexican William Zepeda for the WBA Continental Americas lightweight championship by 4th round KO. Bernaldez was stopped by American Andres Cortes by 3rd round TKO. (

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