CEBU, Philippines -- In a thrilling display of speed and power, world-ranked Filipino knockout artist Miel Fajardo lived up to his preceding fame as the "Silent Assassin" slugger by quickly and shockingly disassembling skilled Cebuano John Paul Gabunilas in just 60 seconds of action at the Hoops Dome in Mactan City, Cebu.

Prior to the battle, fans in attendance, as well as so many online, expected a competitive match-up between two talented world-ranked fighters, with the OPBF belt on the line. 

But once reality unveiled itself, it was Fajardo fast storming all over Gabunilas as a devastating Filipino typhoon.

Within the very first seconds of fight, Fajardo had already attacked and landed hard on the popular Cebuano with a surprising, long left that made harsh contact on the cheek and staggered Gabunilas.

Gabunilas tried to sneak away to his left, Fajardo caught him once again with an even more powerful long right that viciously rocked the ARQ fighter to the canvas. Not even 10 seconds.

With difficulty, the brave and strong Gabunilas made it back up on his vertical, beating the count of Cebu's legendary third man Antonio "Tony" Pesons.

The already uneven war went on with Fajardo on full attack mode, flooring Gabunilas two more times till Pesons had seen enough. Rightfully, the famous referee was already waiving the battle off.    

Fajardo's win over Gabunillas looks in some respects was similar to his ABF title win during the Highland Boxing Promotions show last December in Bangkok, Thailand.

In that bout, Fajardo delivered one big solid punch to rock his Thai opponent into dreamland in just 10 seconds of action - a record for a sanctioned pro boxing fight in Thailand.   

With the win, the 23-year-old Fajardo (11-1-2, 10 KO's) will improve his world-ranking, largely because John Paul Gabunilas (10-2, 7 KO's) had also entered the ring as a world ranked fighter.

The event was a production of Eva Marie Arquisola of ARQ Sports Promotions.    

The author, veteran boxing writer Carlos Costa was Ringside in Cebu, Philippines.  Carlos can be reached at and WhatsApp +639184538152.