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Fuentes eyes upset against Gonzalez

Fuentes eyes upset against Gonzalez

By:Edri K. Aznar

Sunstar Cebu

ROCKY Fuentes isn’t the most talented or even the fastest boxer in the loaded flyweight division. But despite that, he still thrives to become one of the elite names in the 112-pound division. What better time to make a name for himself by scoring what should be the biggest upset of the year by dethroning a champion who is considered one of the best pound-for-pound.

“I’ve never seen him train this hard. This is the fight that he has been waiting for. He knows that he has to make the most out of it,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.

The 28-year-old Fuentes will face unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight king and pound-for-pound No. 9 Roman Gonzalez at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Yokohama, Japan tomorrow night.

Fuentes fought for a world title earlier this year but he was outclassed by an elusive Amrat Ruenroeng for the vacant IBF flyweight title.

This time, both Aldeguer and ALA Gym head trainer Edito Villamor believe that Fuentes has a much better chance of connecting his punches because of his familiarity of Gonzalez and his style.

“He has a 50-50 chance unlike his fight with Amrat for the IBF title because he was always running,” said Villamor. Fuentes had a very difficult time against Ruenroeng because the Thai kept on

backpedalling and clinching the whole fight, walking away with the unanimous decision.

“It will be a tough fight but Rocky has a chance as he is familiar with Gonzalez being his sparring partner and he has made Japan his home the past years,” said Aldeguer.

Fuentes worked as the 27-year-old Gonzalez’s sparring partner in his preparation for his fight with Akira Yaegashi, who he stopped in nine rounds, last September in Japan.

“They had sparred in the past and Rocky said that their sparring was great,” said Villamor, who will be working in Fuentes’ corning along with strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson.

Gonzalez is 40-0 with 34 knockouts, while Fuentes 35-7-2 with 20 knockouts.

Aldeguer admits that Gonzalez hardly has flaws in his game and that he should be a tall order for Fuentes.

“Right now it’s hard to say because Gonzalez is one of the most complete fighters in the world,” he said.

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