Oscar Duarte Remains Focused and Ready for Top Lightweight Tests

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Oscar Duarte (19-1), like most fighters, has done everything in his power to continue training during the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought along.

In Mexico, similar to the United States, quarantine has been in place for around two months, which has closed down businesses and gyms alike. 

Duarte is currently living in his hometown in Mexico, but holds his training camps in Indio, California at the Diaz Brothers gym. The acclaimed gym is headed by trainer Joel Diaz and has been home to training camps for fighters like Timothy Bradley, and 2019 Ring Magazine Prospect of the Year, Vergil Ortiz Jr. 

In a recent phone conversation with Round By Round Boxing, Duarte went through his day-to-day schedule, which he uses to stay sharp and in shape.  

“I’ve been training Monday through Friday every week,” said Duarte. “I wake up and do strength training, then I do mitts with my brother.”  

While most of his training has been limited to home, Duarte did say he’s able to run in different locations outside and does so three times a week.

In addition to his home training, he maintains a clean diet and nutrition to help him stay ready. 

“Quarantine doesn’t prevent me from improving,” said Duarte. “I stay active and do anything I can to continue to grow.” 

Duarte recently won the NABF Lightweight title in March and already held the WBC Latino Lightweight title, which he won in July of 2019. For Duarte, it’s easy to remain motivated and focused in these times because of what he knows lies ahead in his career. 

“Having these two titles keeps me motivated to keep going and progressing,” said Duarte. “I know big tests are coming so I am preparing so that I can continue to move forward.”

While Duarte is currently unscheduled and is uncertain with whom or when his next fight will be, he is ready for the top tests. 

“The Lightweight division is very competitive,” said Duarte. “I’m ready to fight anyone in the top 15.”

Duarte, who has suffered only one loss in his professional career (in a disputed split-decision loss) is interested in eventually avenging the loss, but wants to progress in his career before targeting a rematch.

Adrian Estrella, who was the victor in their bout, has lost his last two contests following the victory against Duarte. 

“It’s best for me to continue to move forward to try to compete for a world title,” said Duarte. “Eventually, once I achieve my primary goals, I would like a rematch to remove that thorn from my side.”

Follow along as Oscar Duarte progresses in his career by following him @oscarduartej on Instagram

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