Undefeated Dominican southpaw Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs), ranked No. 5 in the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight rankings, is continuing his training in Miami for a June 14th showdown against unbeaten Philippine invader Jundy "Pretty Boy" Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs), in a 12-round WBA title eliminator headlining ESPN Friday Night Fights, airing live from South Mountain Arena in South Orange, New Jersey.
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"We are working with southpaws to get familiar with Maraon's style," Payano said. "We know that he is a strong puncher who has an acceptable record. He represents a great challenge. I'll step into the ring, as always, in excellent condition because of our strong training camp. I'm focused on taking away his power."
Payano held an intense sparring session this past Tuesday, going four, five-minute rounds each against Jessy Cruz and Idiel Torriente, totaling eight rounds and 40 minutes of intense work at German Caicedo's Gym.