Romero Duno brings Fireworks to the Desert with victory over Gilberto Gonzalez
May 17, 2018
Anthony Saldana (58 articles)
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Romero Duno brings Fireworks to the Desert with victory over Gilberto Gonzalez

By Anthony “Stack” Saldaña

Thursday night at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California Golden Boy on ESPN series brought fight fans another night of action packed fights as in the main event Filipino Prospect Romero Duno (16-1, 14 KO’s) of General Santos City in the Philippines took on the tough, heavy handed, veteran Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (27-4, 22 KO’s) of Uriangato, Mexico in a ten round lightweight bout. From the opening bell both fighters stood toe to toe throwing vicious shots with bad intentions. Duno the faster of the two landed at will on the taller Gonzalez who in the second was dropped but referee Edward Hernandez ruled it a trip. Duno continued to apply heavy pressure and by the third round had opened up a cut above the right eye of Gonzalez who battled back and made the fight very entertaining. Then in the sixth round both fighters seemed to have caught a second wind and all hell broke loose as Duno and Gonzalez gave fight fans what possibly could have been round of the year as a combined 217 power shots were thrown in that round between these two warriors. The championship rounds brought much of the same type of action as both fighter held nothing back in a great Mexico vs the Philippines war and after the final bell the judges returned with the scores of 97-93 (twice) and 98-92 all in favor of Romero “Ruthless” Duno.

In the co-main event of the night undefeated prospect Oscar Duarte (14-0-1, 9 KO’s) of Parrel, Mexico battled Rey Perez (22-10, 6 KO’s) of Sindangan, in Philippine Islands in a scheduled 10-round lightweight bout. Perez who is coming off a victory of Golden Boy prospect Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez and has fought five times as many rounds as Duarte, looked to stop another GBP prospect Thursday night. Perez started fast as he used a quick jab and powerful right hand to keep Duarte at bay in first round. Duarte began to close the distance in the second round but that didn’t deter Perez who continued to use his jabs and counters to keep his distance as he made Duarte fight his fight. In the middle rounds Duarte began to pressure Perez as he cut off the ring and landed several heavy shots on his Filipino opponent. Perez did however use good defense but never made Duarte pay for the punches he was missing. By the seventh round the body shots had broken Perez down and in the eighth round Duarte landed a huge left hand to the body that had Perez tasting the canvas, Perez beat the count and Duarte continued the onslaught of punishment eventually dropping Perez for the second time in the round. Perez fought in survival mode for the last two rounds and after ten solid rounds of action the judges returned with the scores of 98-90, and 99-89 (twice) all in favor of Oscar Duarte.“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.”

In other bouts

Francisco Esparza (8-0-1, 3 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nevada defeated Edgar Cantu (7-4-2, 1 KO) of Laredo, Texas by unanimous decision in a eight round featherweight bout.

Jaba Khositashvili (3-0, 2 KO’s) Akhaltsikhe, Georgia defeated Fabian Valdez (2-3) of Huatambampo, Mexico by second round knockout in a scheduled six round Light Heavyweight Bout.

Raymond Muratalla (Debut) defeated Benjamin Da Cunha (0-4) by unanimous decision with the victory Muratalla moves to (1-0)

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