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Rosales returns to US vs Bunc


CEBU – Jessie Cris Rosales makes his return to American soil as he takes on Shinard Bunch in an eight-rounder on May 13 at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvan­ia.

Rosales fought three times in the US in 2019. He lost to American star Shakur Steven-* son, Tyler McCreary and Xavier Martinez.

The 30-year-old Rosales believes that he’s a better fighter now that he’s training under the tutelage of Edmund Villamor and training alongside four-division world champion Donnie Nietes at the Villamor Boxing Gym.

“I’m much more confident now because my coach is Edmund Villamor. He focused on what I lack, especially in my conditioni­ng,” Rosales told SunStar Cebu.

“A lot has changed in my movement and technique because of coach Edmund and champ Nietes. It’s good to train with a champion because you get to train with their standards.”

Rosales came off from a two-hiatus last year and walked away with a split decision victory over Junny Salogaol in Bohol.

The 22-year-old Bunch is a promising light welterweig­ht. He’s only been beaten once in his career, a unanimous decision defeat to Paul Kroll.

Bunch has won 16 of his last 18 fights. He’s coming off a unanimous decision over erstwhile unbeaten Shyngyskha­n Tazhibay last Jan. 7 in Orlando, Florida.

“He should not be taken lightly but I believe I can beat him,” said Rosales. “I want to pin him to the corner, get in his face, and hit his body.”

Rosales is 23-4-1 with 10 knockouts, while Bunch is 18-1-1 with 15 knockouts.

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