Lightweight Romero Duno will aim to hand Gilberto Gonzalez a second loss in a row when they meet in a scheduled 10-round fight on May 17 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
The fight, announced on Thursday, will headline a Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN card (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET and next-day tape on ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET).
Duno (16-1, 14 KOs), 22, of the Philippines, has won seven fights in a row.
“I am happy to be back in the ring again, and I will train really hard for this fight because I know Gilberto Gonzalez is a good veteran boxer,” Duno said. “I am confident that I will win this fight for my country. I will do my best to win and give a great show to the fans.”
Gonzalez (26-4, 22 KOs), 30, of Mexico, is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to two-time world title challenger Mercito Gesta last April and will be coming off a 13-month layoff.
“I’m excited to return to the U.S. and go up against a notable Filipino opponent like Romero Duno,” Gonzalez said. “It’s been more than a year since I’ve been in the ring, and the time off has given me extra motivation. I hope to give the fans a great show.”
In the co-feature, Oscar Duarte (13-0-1, 9 KOs), 22, of Mexico, will face Rey Perez (22-9, 6 KOs), 27, of the Philippines, in a 10-round lightweight bout. Duarte has won his past five fights by knockout.
The card will also include Dallas middleweight Alex Rincon (3-0, 3 KOs), 22, in a four-round bout against an opponent to be determined, and Indio lightweight Raymond Muratalla (3-0, 3 KOs), 21, will fight at home for the first time after having his first three bouts in Mexico. He will face an opponent to be named in a four-rounder.