It’s not over ’till the final bell rings…This is what Cagayan de Oro-born boxer Mark John Yap had in mind after getting off the canvas three times in the first round to successfully defend his Orient Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Bamtamweight title by knocking out 2-time Japanese champ Kentaro Masuda in the 4th round in last Sunday’s bout held at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka, Japan.
In a report from asianboxing.info, the Japan-based Yap was lucky to survive Masuda’s onslaught in the first round where he went down three times. Yap recovered in rounds 2 and 3, and finally dropped the fast-tiring challenger in the 4th. A flurry of punches on Masuda forced the referee to stop the fight.
It can be recalled that Yap won the OPBF title last November 2016. See our previous post below.
With his win, Yap is now ranked no. 7 by the WBC and puts him in line for a possible world title shot currently held by Shinsuke Yamanaka.