CALIFORNIA — Ruthless Romero Duno still has his eyes on the biggest names in the lightweight division, including high profile undefeated fighter Ryan Garcia, whom he greeted on media day.
But before he and Garcia go into a much-awaited showdown, Duno had to defend his North American boxing organization lightweight title against Ivan Delgado, who holds a 13-2-2 at Dignity Health Sports park in Carson on Saturday night.
“Magaling si Delgado, hindi ako maglalagay ng konting confidence sa sarili ko, kasi alam ko may bugbugan, gagawin nya lahat para Manalo.”
Garcia will also be on the same card and both fighters are expected to watch each other closely.
As Romero Duno looks to continue making a name for himself, another Filipino fighter with a legendary family name looks to capture his first world title in Sin City.
32-year-old Juan Miguel Elorde looks to follow his grandfather Gabriel Flash Elorde’s footsteps, when he gets his first world title shot against Emanuel Navarette at the T Mobile arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night as well.
“Na excited dahil syempre world title fight to tapos inexpect mga pilipino na magandang Laban so siempre gagawin ko Lahat Kaya ko… Siempre ang pinagarap bawat sa Isang boksingero ang pangarap maging world champion sana makuha ko to”
It will be the biggest fight for the 28 win and 1 loss Elorde.
Elorde’s lone defeat was a unanimous loss in 2011 at the Mandalay Bay.
While the Elorde family has continued the boxing tradition, they have yet to recapture the success that the Flash had.
“Mahirap ng pressure dahil sobrang taas lagi ng expectations sa Isang tao pero yun nga na remind lagi mga parents ko na Wag padala sa pressure gawin mo lang ano ang dapat.”
The 24-year-old WBO junior featherweight champion Navarrete of Mexico also has a 28-1 record, including a pair of big back to back wins over Isaac Dogboe in the past year…
To prepare for the fight Elorde trained with Marvin Somodio in Southern California before heading to Vegas for fight week.