Gensan boxer suffers first defeat in Russia

May 10, 2016 5:26 am 

DAVAO CITY, May 9 — Romero "Ruthless" Duno of General Santos City suffered his first setback at the hands of undefeated Russian Mikhail Alexeev in Russia, his manager announced on Monday.

Dexter "Wangyu" Tan, chief finance officer of Sanman Promotions, said Duno succumbed to a a unanimous decision against Alexeev in their title fight for the WBO Intercontinental super featherweight last Saturday at the DIVS in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Duno suffered a nasty cut on his left eye due to a headbutt in the third round.

“Duno suffered a headbutt several times that’s why he has a cut above the left eye and a bruised in the lower right eye,” Tan said in a text message.

“Duno also suffered a low blow a couple of times and made his face messy from the headbutts,” he added.

Duno, now with 9 wins, 8 KOs and 1 loss, hurt the Russian in the first round and almost knocked him down in the 7th round.

Alexeev won by throwing more punches compared to Duno’s power punches.

“It was a good fight for Duno and experience. Fighting outside is not an easy task for him. I hope he learned something and I know he will bounce back as a champion coz he is a brave young boxer and a fighter,” said Tan.

However, Alexeev, who improved his record to 8 straight wins with 3 KOs, will be making his title-defense against Duno’s stablemate Rimar Metuda on July 11 according to promoter German Titov.

It will be an undercard of Russian light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev's next fight against Isaac Chilemba on July 11 in Ekaterinburg.

Metuda was also supposed to fight in the same card for the WBO Intercontinental Youth featherweight title but it was cancelled after his opponent Mark Urvanov (6W-1L-0D-3KOs) was hospitalized due to dehydration before the weigh-in.

The 20-year-old Duno, who recently captured the Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) super featherweight crown by stopping Jason Egera in the 8th round last February 13 at the Gaisano Mall Gensan.

Metuda, 22, is currently the vacant WBF Asia Pacific featherweight title via a 5th round TKO win over Jason Tinampay last September 26, 2015 in Gensan. (PNA)

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