Given another crack at a world title, Robert Paradero is determined not to bungle it again.
This time, however, Paradero will be up against unbeaten champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong, with the 12-rounder to be fought in Phuket, Thailand.
Thinking he was ahead, Paradero relaxed in the latter rounds, enabling Victorio Saludar to earn a split decision in their battle for the World Boxing Association minimum weight crown on February 20 in Biñan, Laguna.
Paradero, disappointed with his first loss after 18 wins with 12 knockouts, wanted a rematch but it didn’t materialize.
Just when Paradero thought his career was heading nowhere, the offer to fight Niyomtrong – also known as Knockout CP Freshmart – for the WBA “super” minimum title came.
On December 7, the 25-year-old Paradero intends to pour it all against the 31-year-old Niyomtrong, who has won his first 22 fights with eight knockouts.
A former Muay Thai practitioner, Niyomtrong counts eight Filipinos among his victims, the last two of whom were Toto Landero in 2018 and ArAr Andales in 2019.
Unfazed by Niyomtrong’s clean slate and edge in experience, Paradero is training hard in Valencia City, Bukidnon, under Jojo Singsing.
According to Paradero, he will be bound for Manila on November 25 for more training before he and Singsing fly to Thailand on December 1.
Wary of hometown decisions, Paradero is gunning for the knockout against Niyomtrong. – Rappler.com