AJ “Bazooka” Banal vs. Emilio Norfat Full Fight – Pinoy Pride 34,November 28, 2015 Saturday Hoops Dome Lapu-Lapu City Cebu.
Also on the card is comebacking AJ ‘Bazooka’ Banal (33-2-1, 22KO) who will face Emilio ‘Prince Kilimanjaro’ Norfat (25-6-0, 19KO) of Tanzania in a ten-round featherweight non-title fight as he continue to build momentum for another title run. Banal won five straight after losing to Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu for the WBO bantamweight title on Oct. 20, 2012.
Final Full Fight Result:
Former title challengers AJ Banal (34-2-1, 23 KOs) and Rocky Fuentes (36-8-2, 21 KOs) had early nights in their preliminary bouts as they scored knockouts against overmatched opponents.
Banal fought through a shut left eye to finish Tanzania’s Emilio Norfat (25-7, 19 KOs) at 1:41 of round three. Banal, whose two world title opportunities ended in disappointing upset knockout losses, dropped the 26-year-old Norfat with the first punch of the fight, a lead left cross that landed right on Norfat’s chin, stream & replay here.
Norfat made it out of round one, and caught his biggest break of the night when an accidental headbutt made Banal virtually a one-eyed fighter. Banal came out for round three with a sense of urgency, and his efforts paid off when a right hook behind the ear sent Norfat to his hands and knees. Norfat rose up again but turned his back against a flurry from Banal to prompt the stoppage.
Banal has now won 6 straight since his ninth round TKO loss to Pungluang Sor Sinyu in a fight for the vacant WBO bantamweight title in 2012. His other defeat came in 2008, when he was stopped in ten by Rafael Concepcion for the interim WBA junior bantamweight title.
Earlier in the night, two-time flyweight title challenger Rocky Fuentes (36-8-2, 21 KOs) dropped Indonesian Afrizal Tamboresi (11-4, 6 KOs) with an overhand right that followed a left uppercut to win by TKO at 1:01 of round two.
Fuentes, 29, hadn’t fought in a year since losing a decision to Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight title in January 2014, and being stopped in 6 rounds by Roman Gonzalez in a vie for the WBC flyweight title.
“They’re far from what they should be right now,” said Aldeguer. “It’s a long process for them. AJ has had some so-so performances. We really don’t know where he’s at right now.”
stream & replay here.