Pinay boxer Guro beats Brit fighter Castle, takes WBC silver female atomweight belt

By: Glendale G. Rosal - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | March 28,2022 - 04:48 PM
PINAY BOXER GURO WINS. Norj Guro wears the WBC silver female atomweight strap after beating Denise Castle in Dubai, UAE, last Saturday, March 26, 2022. | Screen grab from the live stream video.

Norj Guro wears the WBC silver female atomweight strap after beating Denise Castle in Dubai, UAE, last Saturday, March 26, 2022. | Screen grab from the live stream video.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Iligan City’s pride and former world title challenger Norj Guro clinched the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) silver female atomweight title by defeating British Denise Castle on March 26, 2022 in Habtoor Grand Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

The 31-year-old Filipina boxer, who spent more than a month here in Cebu to train under the tutelage of veteran Cebuano boxing trainer Brix Flores, outboxed Castle en-route to win the title via unanimous decision.

The judges scored the bout 77-75,77-76, and 78-74, all in favor of Guro who has shaken off ring rust after a four-year hiatus. 

With the victory, Guro improved to 11 wins with 4 knockouts, 7 losses and 1 draw. Castle suffered her second loss with 3 wins and 3 knockouts in hand. 

The road warrior Guro won against fellow Filipina Joan Ambalong via unanimous decision on May 7, 2018 in Lala, Lanao Del Norte. 

Her victory over Castle extended her winning streak to five. Prior to that, she fought three times in Japan and once in Mexico. Unfortunately, she lost all four bouts including the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world female atomweight title against Nao Ikeyama in 2015. She lost to Ikeyama via unanimous decision in their world title duel held in Osaka, Japan.

In addition, she also lost in her second world title bid in the hands of another Japanese, Yuko Kuroki, a year after her loss to Ikeyama. 

After her four-fight losing skid, Guro went on bouncing back strong, winning against fellow Filipinas in Joan Ambalong, Marichu Semillano, and Ambalong. 

Her biggest win prior to her victory last Saturday was against Japanese Umi Ishikawa. She bested Ishikawa via unanimous decision to clinch the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental atomweight title in 2018. 

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