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Eric Kelly goes the distance, still all Filipinos suffer defeats in Shanghai


After six straight stoppage losses, Eric Kelly finally made it to a full three rounds.

However, it was not enough as the 37-year-old Baguio-native suffered a unanimous decision loss to Niu Kang Kang, Saturday evening during ONE: Legendary Quest in Shanghai, China.

Kelly fell to 12-8 in his pro career while Kang went up to 6-1.

Trestle Tan and Angelie Sabanal could not bring home wins earlier in the night as well.

Tan, who trained with Brazilian Top Team to prepare for this match, was handed a first round TKO loss by Yoon Chang Min.

Yoon, a South Korean lightweight, dropped Tan with a right cross with less than three minutes remaining in the bout. Sensing blood, he went on to throw punches from the top that called for a stoppage with 55 seconds left in the opening stanza.

Tan lost his fourth straight bout to drop to 4-9. Yoon picked up his second straight win in as many fights.

Sabanal, on the other hand, went down to 1-3 at the hands of the debuting Itsuki Hirata, who is still unblemished in four fights.

HIrata submitted Sabanal with a kimura with 2:59 on the clock.

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