Advertisement
Advertisement

Drian Francisco Back With a Bang, Scores Knockout in 3

by Ronnie Nathanielsz
 
Drian “Gintong Kamao/Golden Fist” Francisco returned to the ring after a layoff of over one year to score a devastating 3rd knockout over southpaw Manuel de los Reyes Herrera of Colombia in a fight card aptly titled “Night of Glory-Battle for the Golden State” in California.
 
Truth Esguerra of Philippine News, the premier Filipino-American newspaper in the US reported that Francisco decked Herrera for the full count at :48 seconds of the third round with a brutal left hook to the body.
 
A video posted on YouTube showed Herrera going after Francisco early in round three before Drian quickly turned the tables and cracked the Colombian with a thundering left hook to the body to be counted out.
 
Esguerra said Francisco dominated the bout by establishing his jab and counter right hands together with the left hook.
 
Trainer Justin Fortune, a former heavyweight title challenger was extremely pleased with the turnaround by Francisco who disappointed Fortune when he lost to Chris Avalos in a battle for the vacant WBO NABO super bantamweight title on July 12, 2013 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.
 
Fortune who returned as “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach for his fight against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau said “it was a good win. He did what he was supposed to do.”
 
It was unlike his fight against the top rated Avalos which was marked by several vicious exchanges but Francisco appeared to fade in the late rounds and paid the price.
 
Fortune told the Manila Standard/Viva Sports after the loss to Avalos  that Franciso was doing well in the early rounds but in the fifth round he said “I can’t breathe.”
 
The trainer was surprised that Francisco faded because he had sparred twelve rounds at times and worked on the punch-mitts for ten rounds several times and showed no signs of getting tired.
 
Reacting to Donaire’s comments, Fortune said “that’s the way Drian fights he puts everything into it. That’s the way he spars, that’s the way he does the punch mitts.  He puts everything into every punch.”
 
Fortune said he was “trying to figure out what happened” and added Avalos “didn’t win the fight, Drian lost it.”
 
After Francisco’s impressive performance against Herrera, Fortune said he wants another fight possibly in a month and a half since Drian was hardly troubled.
 
With the win Francisco, a former WBA super flyweight interim champion who won the title from Thailand’s Duangpetch Kokietgym on November 30, 2010, improved  to 25-2-1 with 15 knockouts while Herrera droppedto 21-14-1 with 15 knockouts.
Tags: Drian Francisco image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 08-03-2014

We can knock Ronnie's sansationalism, but in all truth, Philipinos come to fight. I see them lose a lot outside of the Philipines, but I never saw one run and hold. They don't always win, they lose a lot, but…

Comment by mrpizza-nd_beer on 08-03-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14821881]When did they find an opponent, because he was TBA when I checked Friday. Dude can make an interesting fight, don't see a world title in his future.[/QUOTE] Team member was probably on his way to the whorehouse when he…

Comment by Hougigo on 08-03-2014

When did they find an opponent, because he was TBA when I checked Friday. Dude can make an interesting fight, don't see a world title in his future.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Early Fight Results From Ontario, California Thurman: Brook Went 12, Do I Stop Porter? I Plan To Hurt Him! Marquez, Sulaiman Disagree on Canelo-Khan Being Mismatch Photos/Weights: Alex Saucedo vs. Clarence Booth, More Roy Jones Jr. To Fight Again - Against a 'Fan' in Odd PPV Event! Gabriel Campillo Explains Decision To Retire From Boxing Eddie Gomez Extends Pact With Golden Boy Promotions Roman Martinez-Miguel Berchelt Lands at Poliforum Zamna, 3/12 Thurman: Khan Took 'Easier' Canelo, Brook Tougher For Him McJoe Arroyo-Jerwin Ancajas Heads To The Philippines on 4/16 Povetkin's Promoter: I Think We'll Reach Wilder Deal Without Bids McWilliams Arroyo Confident He Can Shock Roman Gonzalez Froch: I Think About a Comeback Every Day, But I'm Realistic Felix Verdejo Has April Fight Set For Puerto Rico Willie Monroe Return is Pushed Back After Opponent Snafu Santa Cruz vs. Martinez: Hunter, Mendez, Marrero Added Marquez: Khan Can Win, But Canelo Can KO Him at Any Time Roman Gonzalez-McWilliams Arroyo Done For Golovkin-Wade Avtandil Khurtsidze, Giovanni Lorenzo Set For Broadway Boxing Vargas Predicts He'll Make Sadam Ali Quit; 'Not On My Level' Wlodarczyk Faces Brudov on 3/4, Shumenov in Play For April Abel Sanchez Not Viewing Andre Ward's Inactivity as Advantage Quigg Motivated By Fear of Losing as Frampton Bout Nears Khan: Mayweather, Pacquiao Would Be Easier Than Canelo! Ballisai Replaces Kevin Mitchell in Tatli EBU Title Fight on 3/18 Pungluang Sor Singyu Retains WBO Belt With Technical Nod Win Mayweather Stumped on Who Would Win Fury vs. Wilder Floyd Mayweather: Timing Was Not Right For Amir Khan Bout Roy Jones Jr. and Kevin Mitchell: A Tale of Two Retirements McWilliams Arroyo Creeps In, Eyed For Roman Gonzalez Bout Marquez Says There Have Been Talks For Miguel Cotto Bout Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I? Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement