The Philippines is a breeding ground of boxing talent. It's given us copious fighters of note over the years and the search for the country's next star is on going with every exciting younger fighter being compared to modern greats such as Manny Pacquioa and Nonito Donaire. One of those men who is being eyed as a potential champion is youngster Harmonito Dela Torre (14-0, 9).
Dela Torre has been on several of the Top Rank shows in Macau and has now been signed to a management deal with former world champion Zab Judah and his “Super Judah Management Group” who seems set to help Dela Torre make a name for himself in the west.
From what we understand this could see see Dela Torre back in the ring, in the US, in May as he looks to fit in 3 fights this year. We suspect the first of those will be at a lesser level as Judah gets a chance to fully assess the talent of the Filipino youngster who is still a very long way from reach his prime as a fighter.
Although Dela Torre hasn't yet fought under the Judah banner he has impressed Judah in the past with the former world champion describing the 20 year old Filipino in a glowing manner.
After seeing compatriot Jerwin Ancajas kick off "Ring of Gold" with an impressive stoppage over
Inthanon Sithchamuang it was then the turn of the unbeaten, and much touted, Harmonito Dela Torre (12-0, 7).
Dela Torre, widely regarded as one of the most promising and most exciting Filipino prospects lived up the the hype in style as he stopped Indonesian journeyman Yakobus Heluka (7-6) inside a round.
The fight saw Heluka starting fast and throwing wild and reckless shots. Although the Indonesian did start fast he did walk on to a nice counter early. The first counter show didn't seem to effect Heluka but it did seem to foreshadow the ending that came less than 3 minutes later with Dela Torre landing a gorgeous counter shot that left Heluka out for the count.
Whilst we didn't expect this one to last long, especially when you consider that Heluka was stopped in Japan just a few weeks ago it was still an impressive KO from the 20 year old Filipino dubbed "El Huracan de Gensan".
Although Dela Torre did get the highlight reel KO he does still have improvements to make. Thankfully he, and his team, do seem to realise this and he has come along very well since he last fought in Macau last November. If the improvements keep coming then he has the potential to be a real fixture on the world stage.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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