FORGET Manny Pacquiao’s one-punch knockout of Ricky Hatton which has served as the highlight reel as one of the most devastating knockouts ever.
Honorio Banario delivered an even more impressive one-punch demolition when he flattened Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Jartim in the second round of the ONE: Kings of Destiny undercard at the Mall of Asia Arena last April 21, Friday.
Jartim had just unloaded a kick with his right leg which was caught by Banario. As Jartim tried to retreat, Banario lunged forward and smashed a left hook into his face.
Jartim was out cold as soon as the punch connected. Limp as a doll he fell backwards and landed on the canvas flat on his back with his head bouncing on the floor a few times.
The knockout was total and Banario didn’t even move forward for a ground and pound attack.
Jartim was still out cold and flat on his back long minutes later. He was out of for so long the organizers didn’t have time to wait for him to wake up and stand beside Banario. Breaking protocol the announcer proclaimed Banario the winner by knockout with Jartim still lying on his back.
A feared striker who is slowly developing his ground game, Banario actually announced before the fight that he’d like a submission victory. Things didn’t go as planned for the man they call “The Rock.” But Banario was hardly in a position to complain.
“Things happen. Instead of implementing my game plan of submission, my hand connected. That is what I always dream, you know? I always dream of a finish. I have become more refined. I’ve become stronger,” Banario said.
Banario, with Wushu as his core combat skill, has always been a fearsome striker. But this is his most devastating victory by strikes.
Jartim, who was riding a three-fight win streak, was a last-minute replacement for “Ruthless” Rob Lisita. He took on the fight on less than two weeks notice. His record fell to 8-6.
Banario started the contest with quick strikes. But he soon abandoned his upright stance to try to submit Jartim. Banario grabbed Jartim then slammed him to the canvas just one minute into the fight.
Jartim was quick to fend off Banario’s submission attempts. The two then grappled on the cage with Banario controlling the ebb and flow of the fight in the first round.
Banario continued to control the fight and again brought Jartim to the ground early in the second. The Czech wiggled free and then unloaded a right kick at Banario who countered with a left hook which ended the fight.
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