PXC 54 Results: South Korean Kim KOs ‘The Crank’ Camacho

Han Seul Kim inside the Terrordome for PXC 51 in Manila.

The highlight of PXC 54 last Friday in Guam turned out to be a South Korean fighter who stole the ticket for a possible title shot.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]C[/mks_dropcap]alled in as a late replacement, Han Seul Kim capitalized on the opportunity to fight Frank Camacho and captured what could probably be the ticket to face welterweight champion Zebaztian Kadestam once again.

Kim, the 6-foot-1 Korean Top Team standout, utilized his range effectively throwing leg kicks to the smaller Camacho. In the third, he almost rocked the former lightweight contender Camacho, but the pride of Mariana Islands responded with an overhand left that made his opponent momentarily retreat.

Both men had an exchange hard blows until Kim landed a left straight that sent Camacho’s back on the fence. A dazed Camacho tried to weather the barrage of punches, but eventually succumbed until the referee stopped the bout.

“I saw his fight before and he (Camacho) is a very tough, strong guy and I prepared for a long time for this fight,” Kim said through Dongjin Ha, his coach and interpreter, in the post-fight interview.

He also took the opportunity to call out Kadestam for a rematch.

“Hey Zebaztian, let me fight you one more (time). I’ll kick your ass,” Kim said.

Kadestam was supposed to defend his title against Camacho, but the PXC champion pulled out of the fight due to a hip injury sustained in training.

For the PXC 54 main event, Roque Martinez finally took a win over long-time nemesis Kelvin Fitial. The two former PXC heavyweight champions were scheduled for three rounds of action.

Fighting for the first time since PXC 24, Fitial threw bombs against his adversary Martinez from the get-go. The last man to hold the title wasted no time and forced his foe on a defensive mode most of the round.

The tide changed in the second as Martinez capitalized on a Fitial miss and proceeded with a takedown. The hometown fighter landed short shots to Fitial.

Martinez was able to bring the fight to the ground in the third after another takedown. That proved to be a crucial juncture for Fitial as he was left with no choice but to fend off the Martinez’s attacks until the final bell.

On the scorecards, the judges saw the fight unanimously in favor of Martinez.

“Hats off to Kelvin, he showed up tonight. He’s always my toughest opponent,” Martinez said right after the fight.

“When he came out like that, I knew my gas tank’s better but it took me a while to get warmed up with this so I don’t know how sluggish I got. It’s good to get that win though.”

Also in the undercard, Fil-Kiwi Mark Abelardo made up from his PXC 53 mishap in Manila with a second round TKO win over Jung Bum Choi of South Korea.

Here are the results from PXC 54:

Heavyweight bout: Roque Martinez def. Kelvin Fitial, Unanimous decision
Welterweight bout: Han Seul Kim def. Frank Camacho, TKO (first round)
Women’s flyweight bout: Brogan Walker def. Kate da Silva, Unanimous decision
Featherweight bout: Jeff Mesa def. Robin Eclavea, Unanimous decision
Flyweight bout: Rilley Dutro def. Kentaro Watanabe, TKO (first round)
Lightweight bout: Dylan Fussell def. Tyrone Jones, Unanimous decision
Bantamweight bout: Shane Alvarez def Emilio Urrutia, Submission (second round)
Featherweight bout: Min Gu Lee def. Tony Reyes, TKO (second round)

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