Heno expects tough fight vs Pael for vacant BWO belt

EDWARD “GENERAL” HENO expects a tough fight after a three-year hiatus against compatriot Roenel “The Hitman” Pael for the vacant Boxing Worldwide Organization (BWO) bantamweight belt on Friday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

But the 29-year-old Parañaque City warrior told BusinessMirror he could last “20 rounds” against the fighter from Matalom (Leyte) despite the fact that his last fight was last October 24, 2019, when he lost to former World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Elwin Soto of Mexico via unanimous decision.  

“I’m in a better condition despite being away for three years. I’m ready for this opportunity, “ said Heno, who is sporting a 14-1-5 win-loss-draw record with five knockouts. “I’m ready to fight Roenel Pael even for 20 rounds of boxing. I’m not going to waste this opportunity.”

Heno and Pael (23-11-1 record with 12 knockouts) both made the scales at 118 pounds.

Despite losing 11 times in 35 fights, Pael remains a dangerous fighter.

“It’s not my style to relax against any opponent,” Heno said. “I know his capability.”  

“This is going to be an exciting main event and undercard bouts. It’s the return of real boxing in the Philippines,” said Aljoe Jaro of the International Promotion and 5 Stars Entertainment and Promotions Inc. “I’m happy to return to give other Filipino boxers the opportunity to shine.” 

The other bouts pit former World Boxing Council flyweight champion Sonny Boy Jaro against RV Deniega in a 10-round bantamweight clash and Weljohn Mindoro against Jemson Egera in a 10-round middleweight duel.