CARSON, California -- "Ruthless" Romero Duno racked up his 12th win in a row by overpowering Ivan Delgado in a lightweight showdown on Sunday in Carson, California.
They went toe to toe for seven rounds, with Duno landing a series of power shots all throughout the fight -- but also eating a few combinations from Delgado.
But after absorbing several overhand rights and combinations, Delgado looked gassed in the seventh round. He did not leave his corner for the 8th round, giving the 23-year-old Duno his 21st career win -- and 16th by knockout.
Duno improved to 21-1, with his lone loss all the way back in May 2016.
"It was a good fight," said Duno, a native of General Santos. "I wasn't expecting the knockout, because I know Ivan wants to win the fight, too."
In his post-fight interviews, Duno made it clear who he wants to fight next -- unbeaten Ryan Garcia.
The 24 hours leading up to the fight had taken a strange turn when Garcia's original opponent, Avery Sparrow, was arrested for domestic violence charges. He was offered the Duno fight, but Golden Boy and his team could not come to terms.
As Garcia sat out fight night entirely, he did chime in on Duno's performance via Twitter, saying that he was not ducking the Filipino fighter but was simply standing up to the politics of boxing.
If the fight with Garcia pushes through for November, Duno will most likely stay in the United States to train for what should be the biggest fight of his young boxing career.
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