MANILA - Mark Jason Melligen scored the first win for Filipinos in “Pinoy Power 2” Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Melligen, who fought in the non-title welterweight under card, knocked out Mexico’s Ernesto Zepeda in the fourth round. The referee stopped the bout at 2:40, reported Rocco Morales of FightNews.com.
Melligen’s TKO win improves his record to 16-1, with 12 knockouts while Zepeda now stands at 39-13-4, with 32 knockouts.
“Melligen sent him to the canvas after a blistering attack by the Bacolod City native. The referee didn't bother to count,” PhilBoxing.com reported.
Melligen was supposed to face Michel Rosales of Mexico in the 10-round fight. Zepeda replaced Rosales after the latter failed to secure a visa.
Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau reported that Melligen received a warm welcome as he entered the ring.
The 23-year-old made his way into the ring to the tunes of “Careless Whisper” by George Michael and “Bebot” by the Black Eyed Peas.
Melligen, a left-handed fighter, is known for his powerful left punch and hook. He showed some aggressive moves in the first round as uppercuts and left straight punches were thrown at Zepeda.
The fighters continued to struggle in the second round. In the third round, Melligen was defensive but still aggressive as the Mexican tried to corner him.
It was Melligen’s left straight punch in the fourth that sent Zepeda down. The referee stopped the fight because the Mexican was bleeding on his right eye. – With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau