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ONE: Fil-Am Sean Climaco KOs Mexican foe in debut


Filipino-American sensation Sean Climaco turned in a stunning performance to begin his ONE Championship tenure.

The 29-year-old resident of San Jose, California made quick work of Mexican opponent Josue Cruz in his promotional debut at ONE Fight Night 22, which took place at the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday morning.

“The One” didn’t disappoint in his maiden appearance on the global stage, getting the job done in less than a round of his flyweight Muay Thai clash against a more experienced counterpart.

Right from the opening bell, the “Road to ONE: America” tournament winner dictated the pace of the bout, unleashing a barrage of leg kicks and stinging straight left hands that kept Cruz on the defensive.

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Cruz tried to disrupt Climaco’s rhythm with his counterstrikes, but the latter’s focus was unyielding.

Climaco’s patience paid off when he connected with a left straight to the midsection followed by a right hook that sent Cruz crashing to the canvas.

Referee Olivier Coste swiftly intervened, recognizing Cruz’s inability to continue as he writhed in pain on the mat. The match was waved off at the 2:05 mark of the first round, declaring Climaco the victor in spectacular fashion.

With this impressive win, Climaco improved his professional standing to 11-2. Meanwhile, Cruz saw his record dip to 17-3.

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Nissi Icasiano is a sportswriter, analyst and editor from the Philippines. He started his professional career in 2013. He has also written for various media outlets such as Rappler.com, ABS-CBN, Tiebreaker Times, Philboxing.com, MSN.com, South China Morning Post, The Phnom Penh Post and the International Business Times. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, PTV 4, Business World, Radyo Pilipinas 2 and Bombo Radyo Philippines. He practices boxing at Tiger City Boxing Gym whenever he is not writing.


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