Loreto's speed, timing to spell difference

HOPING to become a world champion again, former IBF light flyweight champion Rey Loreto needs his speed and agility to defeat his Thai opponent on July 15 in Chonburi, Thailand.

Although coach Joven Jorda of the Highland Boxing Gym remains optimistic of Loreto’s chances, he said the former champion needs to work harder in the ring and eye for a possible knock out against World Boxing Association (WBA) World minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong also known as Knockout CP Freshmart of Thailand.

“His opponent is tough so we need to box in and out to outpoint him,” said Jorda.

The former pro turned trainer and coach added Loreto has to time his punches properly and at the same time improve on his speed and power to win against the Thai fighter who boast of 15 wins, including seven knockouts.

Loreto ends his high altitude training today at the Highland gym in La Trinidad, Benguet and will close their training camp in Manila as part of their acclimatization training.

“His conditioning is already peaking and we need to go to Manila for the last part of his training,” added Jorda.

Loreto has already logged 50 rounds of sparring against Jeronel Borres and Mike Zulueta.

Loreto, with a record of 23 wins, and 13 loses is riding high on a seven-fight winning streak, which dates back to 2013 when he defeated Pornsawan Porpramook for the interim PABA light flyweight title, including a knockout of Nkosinathi Joyi in 2014 to win the vacant IBO world light flyweight champion.

Niyomtrong, was the first WBA minimumweight interim-champion and won the regular belt after defeating Nicaragua Byron Rojas, and has defended it twice.

The 26–year–old boxer also scored notable wins against Fapikat Twins Gym, KOji Itagaki and Rungrit Sor Visetkit all in 2016 via technical knockout.

Niyomtrong, on the other hand, has also held the WBC youth world minimumweight crown. (Roderick Osis)