Heavy handed Filipino fighter Romero Duno (18-1, 14) showed that he was still a work in progress on Saturday night as he defeated Ezequiel Aviles (16-3-3, 6), but had his defensive flaws picked apart at times by the gutsy Aviles.
In the opening round Duno's power was the difference, as he dropped Aviles at the end of the round to secure a 10-8. Other than the knockdown there had been very little to separate the two men in the opening stanza with Aviles boxing well, picking his spots and taking advantages of Duno's defensive openness. The right hands from Aviles were landing at will but they never seemed like they effected the Filipino.
Aviles would continue to pick apart the holes in Duno's defense through out the fight, but lack the power to ever make Duno respect him. Instead it was Duno's power that really acted as the difference and Aviles was reacting significantly more to his shots than the other way around. That was particularly notable in round 6, when Aviles was dropped by a huge right hand. Aviles recovered but was dropped again later that same round for Duno to secure a 10-7 round.
A slowing Duno would be outboxed for much of round 7 and round 8, but finished the fight by wobbling Aviles on the bell, again showing just how heavy handed he is, but will have been disappointed with Aviles going the 8 round distance with him. He will also have been disappointed in being hit as much as he was. However with a 10-8 and a 10-7 in his favour Duno really had no issues with getting the decision, with all 3 judges scoring it 78-71 in his favour.
Against better competition Duno will have to tighten up, though he's a smart fighter who landed some eye catching counter shots. If he can sort out his stamina, tweak his footwork and tidy up his defensive flaws, he can go a long way. There is however a lot of work to do with Duno before he begins to look at world level competition. He's a fun fighter, who will continue to get fights in front of the cameras and seems a very likable fighter, but there are clearly areas to work on which were shown by this performance.
Later this week fight fans will be able to see hard hitting Filipino prospect Romero Duno (16-1, 14) take on Mexican foe Gilberto Gonzalez (26-4, 22) in a 10 rounder in Indio California. The bout will be Duno's 4th bout in the US and comes just 14 months after his upset win over Christina "Giampa" Gonzalez in LA, with that win being his big break out victory and the one that has lead him to go back to the US and become a Golden Boy fighter.
The Filipino 22 year old made his name with an upset and will be looking to avoid a similar fate here.
Going in to this bout Duno has been priced as an unbackable 1/20 favourite, making the bout the bout look like a foregone conclusion. That's despite the fact that "El Flaco" Gonzalez is more than 7 years removed from his last stoppage loss, and his last 2 losses have come to world title challengers, Ricardo Dominguez and Mercito Gesta. It's clear that Duno should be the favourite but he's up against a hard hitting, tough and experienced fighter who has won 2 of his previous 3 bouts in the US and dropped Gesta last time out.
For those who are perhaps a little bit tempted on the Mexican he has been priced as a large under-dog at 9/1. He is rightfully the under-dog, but at that price is certainly more interesting than backing Duno.
Sadly the "To Win" market is the only one currently available for this bout.
On January 27th fight fans around the world will tune in to a world title double header from the US. The bouts on that card will see Teerachai Kratingdaenggym (38-0, 28) [ถิรชัย กระทิงแดงยิม] battle the big punching Argentinian Lucas Martin Matthysse (38-4-0-1, 35) for the WBA Welterweight title, and will also see WBA and Ring magazine Lightweight champion Jorge Linares (43-3, 27) defending his title against once beaten Filipino Mercito Gesta (31-1-2, 17).
It's now been announced that there will be yet more Asian interest on the show with two Asian's now on the supporting card.
One of those will be Linares' Teiken stablemate Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2, 24), who will face off with the once beaten Daquan Arnett (16-1, 9) in a very interesting match up at 154lbs. The other is heavy handed Filipino Romero Duno (15-1, 13), who looks to go 3-0 in the US as he takes on Yardley Armenta Cruz (22-9, 12). Kamegai and Duno are very different types of fighters but both are very fun and both should be worth tuning into here on a very promising card to end the month.
This past Saturday at the Robinson’s Mall Atrium in General Santos City fight fans had the chance to seea SANMAN card, sadly however the card was relatively short lived with the 11 bout show lasting just 31 rounds. Despite it's short length it was an explosive card with 8 T/KO's and a string of notable names.
On the card were two notable debutants, and it took neither of them long to get their first wins. One of those was Dave Apolinario (1-0, 1), who needed just a round to blast out Prince Canonero (0-4), who has now been stopped in 3 rounds. The other debutant was Mark Antonio (1-0, 1), who was taken in to the second round by Rusty Padua (0-1).
As well as the debutants there was another notable novice on the show, that was Malaysian Muhamad Farkhan (4-0, 4), who made light work of former OPBF title challenger Marlon Alta (12-8, 9). Alta, fighting at a career highest weight of 190lbs, had been stopped in 4 of his previous and has now suffered 6 straight losses and is more than 5 years removed from a win.
It only took the exciting Romero Duno (14-1, 13) a couple of rounds to see off Jason Tinampay (8-5-1, 7). Duno, who stopped Christian Gonzalez in his US debut earlier this year, had Tinampay down 4 times in round 2 before the referee saved the over-matched man from Bohol. Sadly for Tinampay this was a 4th loss in 6, all by stoppage, and he's now 0-3-1 in his last 4.
The longest bout of the show went in to the 8th round Aston Palicte (23-2, 19) who stopped former world title challenger John Mark Apolinario (18-9-3, 4). The heavy handed Palicte, who was last seen in December taking a split decision over Oscar Cantu, dropped Apolinario twice in the 8th round to force the stoppage, the third of Apolinario's career. With a third straligh loss Apolinario is a million miles away from the man who fought for the WBA Bantamweight title back in 2013, and it now looks like he has become little more than a name for fighters coming up through the ranks.
Earlier this month we saw Filipino slugger Romero Duno (13-1, 12) claim the WBC Youth Intercontinental Lightweight title and announce himself on the international stage, stopping the touted Christian Gonzalez (16-1, 14) in 2 rounds. The bout saw Gonzlez, a hotly tipped Golden Boy Promotions prospect, suffer a really bad loss but put Duno on the proverbial boxing map.
The performance was so impressive that following the bout Gonzalez's promoter, the aforementioned Golden Boy, began talks to promote Duno and today they announced the Filipino power puncher as the newest member of their promotional stable.
The signing of the 21 year old is one that Golden Boy's head honcho Oscar De La Hoya is looking at as a long term one and it seems that some at Golden Boy feel they have an exciting prodigy on their hands, with power, speed and a style that will win fans over. Whether they have the next Manny Pacquiao is yet to be seen, but it's clear that they will use their experience to try and keep Duno away from repeating the career destruction of the once massively touted Marvin Sonsona, who looked like a star in the making before going AWOL and essentially wasting his talent.
At the moment it's unclear on when Duno will make his first outing as a Golden Boy fighter but it is very obvious that they were impress by the youngster and have big plans in store for him.
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