Romeo Duno continues rise with big win over tough Mexican Gonzales in US slugfest
Romeo Duno nails Gilberto Gonzales with a right straight. Jhay Otamias

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – Romeo Duno continued his rise in the lightweight division by outpointing Gilberto Gonzales of Mexico in a tough, 10-round fight at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino here.

The rising Filipino fighter from General Santos City pounded out a unanimous decision against the durable Mexican in a virtual slugfest that saw both fighters throwing power punches one after the other.

Duno, 22, won on all the three judges’ scorecards, 97-93, 97-93, and 98-92.

He raised his record to 17-1-0 with 14 KOs after winning his eighth straight fight in yet another impressive showing before a demanding American audience.

“Gonzales is very tough and a good boxer,” said Duno shortly after the main event of the boxing card shown live over ESPN.

Duno sent the 30-year-old Mexican down in the second round, but the referee ruled it a slip.

The two then engaged in a wild exchange in the sixth round in which Gonzales appeared to have hurt Duno after two solid combinations that forced the Filipino to back off on the ropes.

But Duno slowed down the assault of the Mexican when he sneaked in a short right to Gonzales’ midsection to finish the round in a flurry.

Duno threw 637 punches and landed 213 for 33 percent accuracy, while Gonzales only connected on 139 out of the 534 punches thrown for 26 percent.

The Filipino also struck the Mexican with 193 power punches compared to Gonzales’ 113.

The impressive win over Gonzales gave Duno the confidence to take on some of the biggest names in the lightweight division next.

“I am ready for big fights,” he said.

Gonzales, his right eye almost shut and his face battered by Duno’s constant punishment, saw his record fall to 26-5, with 22 KOs.       

Filipino Rey Perez was not fortunate after losing a unanimous 10-round decision to unbeaten Mexican Oscar Duarte in the main undercard of a similar lightweight match.

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Duarte won the bout, 99-89, 99-89, 98-90.

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