Tagum fighter KOs famed US boxer

What was set up to be another easy workout for a popular California kid turned into a nightmare.

Dabawenyo Romero Duno of Tagum City wrote a big blot on the erstwhile immaculate record of local favorite and house fighter Christian “Chimpa” Gonzales of Buena Park, California, knocking out the American in the 2nd round at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles Friday night (Saturday PHL Time).

Duno, who improved to 13 wins against a loss, claimed the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental lightweight title in the process. Gonzales, who dropped to 13-1-0, is Duno’s 12th KO victim.

Philboxing.com reported on Saturday that Duno, fighting out of General Santos’ Sanman Boxing stable, dropped Gonzales, 21, of Golden Boy Promotions, twice in the fight – once in the first and then the deciding punch at the 57 second mark of Round 2.

The 5-7 Duno, who was born in Maguindanao, who was jumped on and pummeled early in the fight by Gonzales, sent his opponent down with a well-placed right hand to the chin in the final minute of the opening round.

Gonzales got up, but was visibly surprised and shaken from the knockdown. He survived the Filipino’s attempt to put him down for good in the dying seconds of the 1st and was immediately tended by his team after the round.

Duno’s only loss of his young career came at the hands of Mikhail Alexeev of Russia via a unanimous decision in Ekaterinburg, Russia on May 6 last year. At that time, he was gunning for the WBO Youth superfeatherweight title.