FILIPINO flyweight Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes faces former Thai Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng on Wednesday for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) world flyweight title in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand.
Fuentes, who is sporting a 35-6-2 win-loss-draw card with 20 knockouts, also the current Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion, said he is in great shape and ready to fight the Thai boxer, who holds an undefeated record of 11 wins with five knockouts.
“He is in tough condition and I think he has a good chance,” said ALA vice president Dennis Canete. “I believe Rocky’s hard work will finally pay off once he wins the title. Our trainers Edito Villamor and Michael Domingo are taking care of him.”
Although this is the first world title shot for Fuentes, the 27-year-old Cebuano native is confident that he could pull off surprises in the hostile venue.
“Fighting in a world title bout is really a rare opportunity that comes to most boxers that’s why I will do his best to make it a memorable fight,” said Fuentes, ranked No. 5 by the IBF in the flyweight class.
Fuentes is aiming to join current world boxing champions Donnie Nietes (World Boxing Organization light flyweight), Merlito Sabillo (WBO minimum weight) and Johnriel Casimero (IBF light flyweight) in the limelight.