Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2009

Marzo advances in Mexico

Maui's Clay Marzo won the first heat in yesterday's Quiksilver Puerto Escondido Pro event in Mexico to advance to the round of 32.

Marzo scored a 15.50 in conditions reminiscent of waves on his home island.

“;I'm only doing a few QS events, and this one was the one I really wanted to do,”; Marzo said. “;This is my second time to Puerto and I like it here, the waves are similar to home.”;

Marzo was the only local surfer to reach the third round yesterday. Round 2 continues today, waves permitting.


Penn eyes bout with sanchez

HILO » UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn says he'll go for a third title defense soon.

Penn told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he'll talk with UFC President Dana White this week about his next bout against Diego “;Nightmare”; Sanchez, which could come in a couple of months.

Penn is home in Hilo after a fourth-round victory last weekend over Kenny Florian in Philadelphia. Penn earned $250,000 in the win, plus a taste of the pay-per-view take.

Penn, 30, says he would like a rematch against UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but is focusing on Sanchez.