MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Filipino striker Robin "The Ilonggo" Catalan sent the Mall of Asia crowd into a frenzy after scoring a spectacular second-round knockout win over Cuban wrestler Gustavo "El Gladiador" Balart in their preliminary card matchup at ONE: Masters of Fate, Friday evening here
Catalan was the aggressor in the striking department as he was able to land often on Balart.
The diminutive Cuban was relentless in his grappling however, as he was able to get the bout down to the mat.
Catalan was able to pop back up and continue to score points in the standup.
Late in the second frame, Catalan applied the finishing blow as he landed a picture-perfect right head kick that landed flush on Balart, sending the Cuban down to the mat immediately.
"Yun talaga yung plano ko, i-knockout siya sa second round," said Catalan after the bout. "Yun yung target ko talaga, yung head kick."
The official stoppage came at the 4:43 mark of the second round.