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Dela Torre gets second chance on U.S. TV

Fighters Network

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino junior lightweight Harmonito Dela Torre is hoping his second showing in the United States will be better than his first when he faces Frankie Trader on November 11 at WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa.

Dela Torre (18-0, 12 knockouts) of General Santos City, Philippines, was last in action in May of this year, struggling to a majority-decision win against Guillermo Sanchez in Niagara Falls, New York. The fight was his first with new trainer Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez, of Cuba. Now after six months together in his Miami gym, Dela Torre wants to make a better impression on a card televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network.

“I’m excited to be back in the ring. My last fight was not really impressive and I will make sure I will do better for this fight,” said the 22-year-old Dela Torre.

In his way this time is Trader (10-2-1, 2 KOs), a 30-year-old from Philadelphia who hasn’t fought since April 2014, when he lost a six-round decision against Anthony Burgin. The 5-foot-8 boxer is on paper the best opponent Dela Torre has faced and may present stylistic problems for the lanky and awkward Filipino. Still, manager Jim Claude Manangquil underlines the importance for his fighter to get noticed.

“Few Filipino boxers are given a chance to showcase their talent in USA, especially on national TV. His debut last May was not the performance we were hoping for so we asked for another chance. This is important for him if he wants to be the next Filipino star in the U.S.,” said Manangquil, who co-manages Dela Torre along with Adam Wilcock and promoter Greg Cohen.

Dela Torre-Trader will serve as the 10-round chief supporting bout, with the main event to feature former WBO junior welterweight titleholder Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs), who will face an opponent to be named in his first fight in nearly four years.