Rosales returns to US vs. Bunch

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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 Stevenson, 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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