Road Warrior keeps OPBF belt

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


ROCKY Fuentes wins another one on the road.

The 26-year-old Cebuano lived up to his moniker as “The Road Warrior” following another win in Japan in a rematch against Japanese Yuki Nasu at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo the other night.

Fuentes defended his Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) flyweight belt with a unanimous decision.

“His win over Nasu was very impressive. He dominated the fight but Nasu was so tough and prepared for Rocky,” ALA Gym head trainer Edito Villamor, who was in Fuentes’ corner, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

All three judges saw Fuentes winning with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.

In both boxers’ first encounter six years ago, Fuentes escaped with a closely-contested split decision over Nasu.

It was Fuentes’ sixth title defense since capturing the OPBF crown in 2010 against Japanese Masafumi Okubo. He has also won all his six fights in Japan and extended his winning streak to 15 fights.

Fuentes improved to 35-6-2 with 20 knockouts, while the 30-year-old Nasu dropped to 23-7 with 16 knockouts.

Fuentes is one of the hottest prospects in the stacked 112-pound division. He is rated No. 2 in the World Boxing Association, No. 3 in the World Boxing Council, No. 5 in the World Boxing Organization and No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation.

If given the choice of his next opponent, Fuentes would like to have a crack at WBC flyweight champion Toshiyuki Igarashi and he has no problem fighting him on the road.

“Rocky said that he wants WBC champion Igarashi. It would be an exciting matchup.

Rocky is very popular here in Japan because of his title defenses here,” said Villamor.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 20, 2012.

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