Pinoy boxer Romero Duno returns to the ring against Gilberto Gonzales

ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2018 03:08 PM
Romero Duno returns to the ring against Gilberto Gonzales
(Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions on Twitter)

Filipino boxer "Ruthless" Romero Duno will look to continue his path towards a world championship when he makes his return to the ring this coming May 17th against Mexico's Gilberto Gonzales at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. 

The 22-year old Duno (16-1, 14 KO), a Cotabato City native who fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, is coming off a first-round knockout win over Yardley Armenta Cruz back in January. 

Against Gonzales, Duno faces a more experienced fighter, having a 26-4 professional record with 22 wins coming via knockout. 

"Ready na ako, pero kailangan mag-bawas ng timbang kaunti," Duno, who's training out of the world-famous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Pinag-hahandaan ko pa mga technique, pinag-aaralan namin ni coach ang pag-laban sa kanya, yung mga technique para patas ang suntok ko sa kanya."

Duno adds that the taller Gonzales poses a unique challenge given his punching power and unusual stance. 

"Pinag-hahandaan namin yung mga malakas na suntok kasi yung kalaban ko, malakas, medyo matangkad at magaling din siya mag-boxing. Yung style niya medyo kakaiba rin kasi nag-chechange yung stance niya, yan ang pinag-hahandaan namin ni coach." 

Helping Duno out in camp is kababayan Mercito Gesta, who also last fought on the same card as Duno back in January. Gesta challenged Jorge Linares for the WBA Lightweight World Championship, losing via unanimous decision after 12 rounds. 

Gesta has crossed paths with Duno's opponent before, picking up a ten-round unanimous decision win back in early 2017. 

For Duno's part, he says that he'd rather not have Gonzales go the distance with him in their upcoming bout. 

"Gusto ko hindi paabutin ng ten rounds. Gusto ko lamangan." Duno said. 

Duno and Gonzales will headline a special Thursday evening card by Golden Boy Promotions. 


H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

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