Romero Duno wins on ESPN2, gains momentum towards title shot
Rising lightweight knockout artist Romero “Ruthless” Duno (17-1, 14 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines defeated Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (27-5, 22 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico via 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of the May 17 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Duno landed the harder shots in every round, though Gonzalez’s heart and use of distance proved for an exciting and action-packed bout. Duno won the fight with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93.
“Gonzalez is a very good fighter with a good chin,” said Romero Duno. “I got him early, but he’s very tough, so he lasted the whole fight. This was a big fight for the Philippines and everyone was watching. I hope this takes me to bigger and better fights. I’m ready to come back anytime.”
“I felt I won the fight,” said Gilberto Gonzalez. “He [Duno] wasn’t really landing shots. Even though he dropped me, I won more rounds just by keeping him at a distance. The headbutts were also a constant problem. Just watch the tape.”
Lightweight prospect Oscar Duarte (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory against Filipino pugilist Rey “Flash” Perez (22-10, 6 KO) in his first ten-round fight in tonight’s co-main event. Duarte started off slowly, but managed to drop Perez two times in round eight. The first was caused by a body shot and the second by a series of shots to the chin. Duarte dominated into the final round, which earned him the victory with scores of 98-90, 99-89 and 99-89.
“I started cautiously because I needed to find my distance,” said Oscar Duarte. “Once I found my distance, I was able to land more shots. I saw that I was hurting him, so I looked for the combination that would drop him, starting from the head and finishing to the body. I look forward to working on my craft and moving on to bigger and better fights.”
Francisco Esparza (8-0-1, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Edgar Cantu (7-3-2, 1 KO) of Laredo, Texas in a featherweight clash. Esparza got the better in nearly all of their exchanges, allowing him to win with three scores of 80-72.
“Cantu has got a good chin,” said Francisco Esparza. “I didn’t really feel any of his shots, except for the head-butt, which caused the cut above my ear. I don’t know what’s next, but I’m ready for whatever. I trust my team.”
Jaba Khositashvili (3-0, 2 KOs) of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia scored a second-round technical knockout victory against Fabian Valdes (2-3) of Huatabampo, Mexico in a scheduled six-round super middleweight fight. After hurting him several times, Khositashvili stopped Valdes at :26 of the second round.
“It was a bit difficult because I was not able to fight for a year,” said Jaba Khositashvili. “But now I feel perfect. I’m always ready and can even fight in a week or two.”
Raymond Muratalla (1-0) of Fontana, Calif. made his professional debut by scoring a four-round unanimous decision victory against Benjamin Da Cunha (0-4) of Ivelines, France in a lightweight battle. Muratalla won with three scores of 40-36.
“I had so much fun in there,” said Raymond Muratalla. “This is what I’m going to do from now on. I’m so happy my family and friends came out to see me.”