WHILE riding on a seven fight win streak, Rey Loreto expects a tough competition when he takes on reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) world minimum weight titlist Thammanoon Niyomtrong on July 15 in Chonburi, Thailand.
Loreto, who closed out their highland training with a sparring at the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet is set to complete his training camp in Manila before flying to Thailand a week before the bout.
With his conditioning already peaking, coach Joven Jorda said aside from a tough competition, Loreto needs to be patient with offense to possibly score an upset against the unbeaten Thai fighter at 15 bouts.
“Kailangan tyaga lang talaga para makakuha ng puntos si Rey(Rey needs perseverance to get some points),” said Jorda.
Jorda added Niyomtrong, who owns seven knock outs in his 15 bouts, is considered as one of Asia’s best minimum weight and Loreto must not take any chances in engaging the Thai fighter.
“Box in and out. Baka hit and run ang gagawin namin para masira yung diskarte ng kalaban (Maybe we’ll do hit and run to destroy the enemy’s tactics),” added Jorda.
Loreto is expected to lodge at least 100 rounds of sparring before his training session tapers down. Jeronel Borres and Mike Zulueta, also from the Highland Boxing Gym serves as his sparring partners.
“Basta wag lang sya maintimidate sa kalaban, may chance tayo (We have a chance if he doesn’t get intimidated with the enemy),” added Jorda.
The Davao del Sur-native whose record stands at 23 wins with 15 coming by way of knock out and 13 loss was named as mandatory challenger by the WBA, after becoming the number one contender to the title after putting together an impressive seven-fight win streak.
Loreto is gunning to become a two time world boxing champion after holding the International Boxing Organization world light flyweight championship, before dropping down to 105-pounds. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on June 19, 2017.
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