Guests Boxing champion Norj Guro and coach Brix Flores are the special guests in the weekly “Sports On Air” vodcast.

Pinay fighter Guro ready vs British rival

March 18, 2022 Ed Andaya 307 views

WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Continental minimumweight titlist Norj Guro hopes to join the growing list of Filipino world champions when she takes on Denise Castle of England in the Rising Sun: Dubai promotions at the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai, UAE.

Guro, the pride of Iligan City, will be looking for an early knockout in her 12-round battle against her British opponent for the vacant WBC Silver atomweight crown on March 26.

“Pipilitin ko po talagang manalo kaya naman puspusan talaga ang paghahanda namin dito sa Cebu para sa laban ko sa Dubai,”said Guro during the weekly “Sports On Air” vodcast yesterday.

“Kung kayang tapusin agad ang laban, tatapusin ko agad. Hindi naman ako magpunta sa Dubai para mag-shopping kundi para makuha yun korona,” added the 31-year-old fighter from Iligan City, who captured the WBC Asian Continental minimumweight crown with a victory over Umi Ishikawa of Japan in San Pedro, Laguna on March, 2018.

Guro, who was accompanied by veteran coach Brix Flores, said her long experience in prizefighting would be her biggest advantage against the taller and older Castle.

“Madami na din akong nakalaban kumpara sa kanya (Castle) kay mataas ang kumpiyansa ko ngayon,” added Guro, who holds a ring record of 11 wins, seven losses and one draw.

Guro admitted all her seven losses in a colorful seven-year career came against foreign opponents in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Mexico.

“Madami na din akong natutunan sa mga nakalipas na laban ko. Lumaban nan ko s Japan, Korea, Thailand at Mexico mul 2012-20017. Dito sa Dubai, gagawin ko ang lahat para manalo,” recalled Guro, who is on four-match winning streak from July 2017 to May 2018.

Her last fight — a unanimous decision victory over compatriot Joan Ambalong held in Lanao del Norte — was held on May 7, 2018.

“Hindi naman ko nag-aalala dun sa matagal na lay-off dahil sa pandemic. Patuloy naman yun pag-alaga ko sa kundisyon ko. Pati sa wastong pagkain, hindi ako nagpapabaya,”explained Guro, who was once invited to try out for the national kickboxing team.

Her coach, Flores, said Guro’s passion and dedication to her profession “makes her a special fighter.”

Flores said he expects Guro to dominate the fight against Castle.

“Tiwala naman ako sa kakayahan ni Norj (Guro). Masipag siya sa training at talagang pursigidong manalo. She has been training here in Cebu for four weeks now,” Flores, who also trains several amateur boxers, said.

“Sa laban sa Dubai, ang bilin ko pasukin nya agad kapag may pagkakataon. Kung maaari, lumaban agad ng sabayan dahil mas bata siya,’ explained Flores, who watched several videos of Castle’s previous fights.

A former professional muaythai fighter, Castle has three wins, two losses and three knockouts.

The 50-year-old Castle, who had a record of nine wins, seven losses and two knockouts as a muaythai fighter, is also coming off a long layoff.

Castle won by technical knockout in the fifth round against Sutthinee Bamrungpao of Thailand in her most recent fight in Bangkok on Oct. 26, 2019.

The 5-3 Castle challenged for the WBC female atomweight title twice.

She lost via an eight round technical knockout to Momo Koseki of Japan in 2014, and lost by unanimous decision to Fabiana Bytyqi in 2018.

Guro and Flores will leave for Dubai on March 22.

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