Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
It is no secret that the very popular Roy Roy Sumugat is one of the Elorde stable’s more “social” characters! But when in top shape, this stocky southpaw is one of the Philippines most under rated talents, and is capable of mixing it with the very best. And the great news is that Big Roy Sumugat is back next week at the Ultimate Knockout Challenge in Paranaque! Sumugat is originally from Bacolod City, but is now based in Manila with the Elorde team. He is constantly surrounded by quality fighters in that environment, and there is no doubt that the man known as D’Hammer has flourished this year with some regular sparring and competition. Roy has a natural flair for distance and timing, and knows how to drop the hammer when he has an opponent in trouble.
This former “part time” fighter is a major talent, and he has already notched up 12 wins against formidable opponents. D’Hammer has scored two stoppage victories already in 2021, and he shows no signs of slowing up!! In May he landed a surprise round one knockout over the rugged Eljohn Evangelista, and followed up in September with another knockout win over Glenn Bismanos. That match proved to be a great test of character for Sumugat, as he was actually dropped himself in round one, and bounced back to eventually wear down the dangerous Bismanos. Next month Big Roy returns, this time at the invitation of Juanito Paredes, a winner of 5 of his last 7 bouts. Paredes, also known as El Kapitan, is an excellent technician that boxes orthodox, so this should be a great bout showcasing patience, skills, and power between these two, But for the smiling RoyRoy, his ring name has been well earnt, and he certainly has great instincts when it comes to knowing the exact time to drop “D’Hammer” !
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