INDIO, CALIF. (May 16, 2019): Filipino contender “Ruthless” Romero Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) of Cotabato, Philippines defeated Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez (30-8, 26 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico to capture the vacant NABO Lightweight Title via ninth-round technical split decision in the scheduled 10-round main event of the May 16 edition of the Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Duno won with scores of 85-84 and 86-83, while one judge scored the fight 85-84 for Rodriguez. The fights were streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page. The series is also available on regional sports networks around the nation.
“I feel good. Thank you so much to everyone who came,” said Romero Duno. “I want to thank my opponent and his team. This was a great fight. I don’t know why, but when Mexicans and Filipinos fight, we always fight hard and strong. We fight tough. In my next fight, I would fight anyone. It all depends on my promoters.”
“The referee asked me if I could see,” said Juan Antonio Rodriguez. “I said that it was hard for me to see, so they stopped the fight. I didn’t have enough time to prepare, but that doesn’t effect what happened. The better man won tonight. After all the head-butts and low blows, I guess the better man won.”
Header photo by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions