Noynay wins WBO Aspac 127lbs. belt

Fatal ending. Cebuano Joe "The Jaw Breaker" Noynay sets-up Kosuke Saka for the final punch of the bout. The 23-year old Noynay won the WBO Asia-Pacific Superfeatherweight belt in Osaka, Japan. (Photo grab from Joe. T. Noynay Facebook page)

JOE Marie “The Jaw Breaker” Noynay joined the ranks of the country’s world caliber fighters following a stunning second-round TKO win over Japanese Kosuke Saka in EDION Arena Osaka in Osaka, Japan Saturday night.

While most Filipinos were in observance of the Holy Week, Noynay and his team, composed of his trainer Artcher Villamor and manager Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr.,  left for Japan last Wednesday in an effort to win the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific Super Featherweight title.

His hard work and determination paid off as he brought home the belt and joined the ranks of Filipino boxers who are currently dominating the WBO regional belts.The

Bogo City-native Noynay put down Saka twice in the first round using a jab-straight combination to the chin.

Saka managed to survive the first round ordeal. However, the 27-year old Japanese could no longer take the sting of Noynay’s punches, as another power punch would mean the night is over for him.

Determined to finish the job on the second round, Noynay carefully set-up Saka as both fighters played tentatively at the start of the second round.

As Saka lowered his defense, the 23-year old Noynay delivered the final punch – another straight that landed on the chin of the Japanese fighter, that ended the scheduled 12-round bout under a minute gone by on the second round.

The referee did not bother to finish his count as he waived off Saka to officially declare the victory of Noynay.

The win improved Noynay’s ring record to 17-2-1 (6KOs) while Saka dropped to 18-4 (15KOs).