A 23-year-old boxing contender lived by his nickname ‘Ruthless’ after scoring the 15th knockout win of his 20-fight career in brutal fashion.
Officials needed to bring Indian boxer Kuldeep Dhanda back to his senses after Filipino fighter Romero Duno gave him a taste of his knockout punch. ‘Ruthless,’ who came from General Santos City where Manny Pacquiao is a native of, laid out the ‘Brawler’ with an overhand right.
Duno (19-1, 15 KOs) fought Dhanda (7-2, 1KO) for the WBA Asia Lightweight title aired on ESPN 5 last weekend. The young boxer with a stacked record of 19 wins and only one loss won one of the most promising victories of his career at the fight held at his home soil.
Despite winning the match halfway to the second round, Duno needed to hold his celebration for a moment after Dhanda laid unconscious for a short while. His heavy overhand right landed perfectly on the 29-year-old’s jaw; sending him cold to the mat.
In the opening round, Duno became the king of the ring after landing strong blows at his opponent’s body and head. The fighter from Chandigarh wasn’t able to counter the punches and stop his rival’s flurry.
The overmatched Dhanda suffered a knockdown as early as round one with a hard counter but he was able to beat the count. His Filipino opponent scored another in the second round before totally sleeping him at the 1:19 mark.
Duno is a GenSan native who’s currently riding a 10-fight winning streak. He is becoming a young lightweight prospect in the international competition as he continues to stack up his resume with impressive knockout victories.
The Filipino power puncher was loading up on his overhand right throughout the match; missing big a couple of times in the second round. Despite this, he found the right distance and majestically ended the Asian championship match with a single strike.
Dhanda’s record dropped to a 7-2 after the 23-year-old knocked him out senseless even before he was able to hit the mat. Duno who spent most of his life in Los Angeles fought and won in the American state five times; now reintroducing himself to the Filipino audience.
Veteran Filipino referee Ferdie Estrella did not even bother to count as the Indian boxer was out cold when he fell face first on the canvas. It took the 29-year-old several minutes to regain his consciousness which Duno worried for a while.
“We’re very happy with the card because we got a lot of great fights even if our two main events were short,” said Sanman Promotions CEO Jim Claude Manangquil. “With the support of ESPN5 for boxing starting last year, we really want to come up with entertaining match-ups and of course for the fans as well.”
Watch the scary KO below:
Featured Image Credit: Youtube/ESPN 5 and Instagram/Romero Duno