Jake Amparo Knocks Out Goki Kobayashi to Win WBO Asia-Pacific Minimumweight Title

Filipino boxer Jake “El Bambino” Amparo is the new champion of the minimumweight division of the Asia-Pacific, World Boxing Organization (WBO) after he defeated the Japanese Goki Kobayashi in their encounter in Kobe, Japan last Saturday.

Amparo, who belongs to the PMI Bohol Boxing Stable, delivered a stunning knockout punch in the first round that sent Kobayashi crashing to the canvas. The referee immediately stopped the fight and declared Amparo the winner by technical knockout.

Amparo improved his record to 15 wins, one loss and one draw, with 10 knockouts. He also captured his first regional title and became the mandatory challenger for the WBO world minimumweight champion, Wilfredo Mendez of Puerto Rico.

Kobayashi, on the other hand, suffered his third defeat in 16 fights, with 10 wins and three draws. He was making his first defense of the WBO Asia-Pacific belt that he won last December by beating compatriot Tsubasa Murachi.

Amparo expressed his gratitude to his team and his fans for their support and dedication. He also thanked Kobayashi for giving him a chance to fight for the title and wished him a speedy recovery.

“I’m very happy and proud to bring this belt back to the Philippines. This is a dream come true for me and I dedicate this victory to my family, my coaches, my stablemates and all the Filipino people who supported me. I also want to thank Kobayashi for being a tough and respectful opponent. I hope he is okay and I hope we can meet again in the future,” Amparo said in an interview after the fight.

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