Filipino boxers

Romero Duno tackles Colombian Jonathan Perez in Miami

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Romero Duno tackles Colombian Jonathan Perez in Miami

MIAMI MATCHUP. Romero Duno (left) and Jonathan Perez check in at the official weigh-in.


Fresh off a first-round knockout win, Filipino fighter Romero Duno looks to fast-track his ring career

Romero Duno continues his crawl back to the top when he tangles with Jonathan Perez on Friday, September 24 (Saturday, September 25, Philippine time) at the Manual Artime Community Center Theater in Miami, Florida.

Fresh off a first-round knockout of Paraguay’s Ramon Elizer Esperanza on August 20, Duno is fast-tracking his ring career which got derailed by a shocking first-round technical knockout loss to Ryan Garcia in 2019.

Duno knocked out Angelito Merin in his comeback fight on February 29 and is eager to make it three in a row against Perez, a 34-year-old journeyman from Colombia.

Having learned his lesson against Garcia, the 25-year-old Duno (23-2, with 18 knockouts) isn’t taking Perez (38-27) lightly.

That’s because Perez also packs a wallop as can be gleaned from his 30 knockout victories and has fought against former world champions Abner Mares, Martin Castillo, and Christian Mijares.

Perez, however, has dropped his last four bouts and Duno is highly favored to extend the Colombian’s skid to five straight.

Training hard under Cuban Osmiri Fernandez in Miami, Duno checked in at 135.6 pounds during Thursday’s official weigh-in while Perez came in lighter at 133.4 for their eight-round encounter.

If Duno wins in impressive fashion, Sanman Promotions head JC Manangquil intends to pit him against a ranked contender before the year ends. –