Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre and three fellow Sanman Boxing Gym fighters have been sharpening their arsenals in Miami, Florida in the past three months.
Whatever they have learned in the much-needed training will be put to test as the undefeated Dela Torre will be fighting a fellow unbeaten fighter Saul Rodriguez on August 22 at the Sams Town Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
“I’m prepared for this fight and I will try my best to win for the Philippines,” said Dela Torre, who will be fighting in the US for the third straight time.
Since June, Dela Torre and stablemates Reymart Gaballo, Mike Plania and John Vincent Moralde, have been training in Miami, Florida under former Cuban national team trainer Moro Fernandez.
Dela Torre is still unbeaten in 19 fights, spiked by 12 knockout victories. He has been on a dominant run as seven of his last nine victories came by way of knockouts.
Dela Torre and Rodriguez will face in an eight-round, non-title duel under the super featherweight division. The card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
“I think this is a good test for Harmonito. We are ready to shock Rodriguez,” said Sanman Promotions chief executive officer Jim Claude Manangquil.
Nicknamed Kid Dinamita, the American Rodriguez has 21 wins, 15 by knockouts and one draw.
Rodriguez strung up 15 straight wins since settling for a draw against Cesar Garcia last October 13, 2012 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.