Rio Olmpics silver medalist, inismol ang Pinoy

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BINABALEWALA ng walang talong si US Olympian Shakur Stevenson ang makakalaban niyang Pinoy boxer na si Jessie Cris Rosales kaya nag-aambisyon na siyang hamunin si IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington ng United Kingdom.

Sa panayam sa 21-anyos na 2016 Olympic silver medalist ni boxing correspondent Nestor Gibbs ng Tha Boxing Voice, minaliit ni Stevenson ang makakalaban niyang si Rosales bilang ikalawang sunod na patutulugin niya sa kanilang sagupaaan sa Enero 18 sa Turning Stone Resort & Casino sa Veronia, New York.

May kartada ang boksingero ni Top Rank promoter Bob Arum na si Stevenson na perpektong 9 panalo, 5 sa pamamagitan ng knaockouts at kumpiyansang patutulugin si Rosales na may kartadang 22-1-1 na may 10 pagwawagi sa knockouts kaya nagyayabang nang hahamunin ang wala ring talong si Warrington sa UK.

“I’m finding for my [first] title shot to be against Josh Warrington in the U.K. I just watched him fight Carl Frampton and I’m fiending so bad. I respect him and I think he’s a great champion. I ain’t just saying that because I see flaws. I’m saying that because he’s tough. It’s not going to be an easy fight at all for anybody in that division, no matter who,” sabi ni Stevenson.

“[Warrington’s] really like a sleeper, and most people will sleep on him and look at him like they can beat him. But he’s real busy and while you’re throwing one or two punches, he’s throwing six. I think he’s a great fighter, but I’m fiending for that opportunity because I know that if ya’ll put him in front of me in England for a world title I will love every bit of that experience and I’m going to be able to showcase who I really am,” aniya.

-Gilbert Espeña