Newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental lightweight champion “Ruthless” Romero Duno, who recently scored a sensational second-round knockout against previously unbeaten Mexican Christian “Chimpa” Gonzales in Los Angeles, California will be given a hero’s welcome in General Santos City on March 22.
Duno and Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil are arriving at 9AM aboard a Philippine Airlines from Manila.
They will fly from Los Angeles on March 20 going to Manila.
Duno’s manager and Sanman CFO Dexter Tan who also watched the fight last week arrived home earlier.
“There will be a motorcade before Duno will pay a courtesy call to our beloved City Mayor Ronel Rivera,” said Dexter Tan in a text message.
Duno had been trained by former world champion Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles since December.
Duno first knocked down the hometown favorite Gonzales in the opening round with a right straight on the chin but Gonzales, of Buena Park, California, was saved by the bell.
In the second round, Duno again landed a vicious wild punch to send Gonzales down again on the canvas. Gonzales tried to stand up but was still wobbly on his feet, prompting referee Thomas Taylor to stop the fight in 57 seconds of the second round.
Duno now has a record to 13 wins with 12 knockouts and only one loss.