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Trainer says Rocky can beat Gonzales

Trainer says Rocky can beat Gonzales


By Edri K. Aznar

Sunstar Cebu

ROMAN Gonzalez is one the best fighters in the lower weight divisions but Rocky Fuentes and his coach Edito Villamor are convinced they have what it takes to beat the undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight king Gonzalez on Nov. 22 in Japan.

“We have a big chance of beating Roman Gonzalez compared with the IBF title fight opponent of Rocky, Amnat (Ruenroeng), because of the style,” Edito Villamor told Sun.Star Cebu.

Fuentes fought a world title for the first time in his 11-year career last January in Thailand. He was outclassed by an elusive Amnat Ruenroeng for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown.

“He (Amnat) had a difficult style like Rigo (Guillermo Rigondeaux),” Villamor said.

The 27-year-old Gonzalez is nowhere near as elusive as Ruenroeng, who usually back-pedals and clinches and outscores his opponents with his jab.

“We saw a weakness in Roman and that is what we are focusing in training. However, we also have some adjustments because maybe they will be making adjustments because they have already sparred there in Japan. Regarding his weakness, I rather not say it,” said Villamor.

The 28-year-old Fuentes has been sparring with world-class talent like World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and former world title challenger Milan Melindo in preparation for his biggest fight ever. He is also under the strength and conditioning training of Nick Curson, who has done a wonderful job on Nietes.

Gonzalez is coming off a ninth-round technical knockout over one of the world’s best flyweight’s Akira Yaegashi to claim WBA crown last month in Japan.

The three-division world champion Gonzalez is rated No. 9 in the pound-for-pound rankings. He is also the current lineal flyweight champion. He is 40-0 with 34 knockouts.

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