Boom-Boom Bautista now ready to defend title vs Mexican challenger

April 17, 2013 4:21 am 

DAVAO CITY, April 16 — Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) International featherweight champion Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista of the Philippines is now 100 percent ready to defend his title against Mexican challenger Jose “Negro” Ramirez this Saturday, April 20, at the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) gymnasium here.

"Yes, 100 percent na ready si Boom-Boom to fight,” said ALA Boxing chief trainer Edito Villamor Tuesday at the weekly SCOOP forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Bautista, however, is still four pounds over the required weight limit of 126 pounds for their 12-round title-fight, which headlines the Pinoy Pride 19: Mexican Invasion of the ALA Promotions.

“But that could still be hit with his fruit diet,” said Villamor, also a former world no. 1 ranked fighter in the 90s.

The official weigh-in is still set on Friday, April 19, at 12:00 noon at the SM City of Davao.

Bautista jogged Tuesday morning at the People’s Park before gracing the public service sports program sponsored by The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Genesis 88, Dexter’s Pizza at Stadium, Mulatto Outdoor and Beefit Gym.

“This is do or die and there is one of us who will be knocked out,” said Bautista, who aims to improve his ring record of 34 wins with 25 knockouts against two loses.

Ramirez, who arrived last Monday, is also aiming for a “huge knockout.”

Ramirez (24-3-17 KO) said that he will give his best and 100 percent in the fight.

“I want to take the title back to Mexico, and for Bautista, be ready to see stars. I will win by a huge knockout! If the knockout doesn’t come, I will punish you for 12 rounds,” Ramirez said.

WBO International supervisor Leon Panoncillo, who is based in Thailand, will supervise the fight while veteran Bruce McTavis of New Zealand is the referee. The judges are Salven Lagumbay, Danrex Tapdasan and Eduard Ligas, all from the Philippines.

Pitted in the main supporting bout is Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes of the Philippines against Juan “Loquito” Kantun of Mexico.

ALA Boxing Promotions vice-president Dennis Cañete said that two promising boxers from Davao City – the Moralde brothers -– will also be featured in the undercard.

Engelbert Moralde will face Abel Gayhon of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (112 lbs-6 rds) while John Vincent Moralde takes on Juvel Gayhon also of Bukidnon (115 lbs-6 rds).

Another exciting fight features King Arthur Villanueva of ALA Stable against Marco Singwancha of Wakee Salud Stable for the Orient Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super flyweight championship belt.

Also featured in the undercard are PHL’s Mark Vincent Bernaldez vs. Arief “The Ice” Blader of Indonesia (124 lbs-8 rds), Kim Galon of Davao City vs. Joselito Tabago of Koronadal City (105 lbs-4 rds); and Glendon Ramos of Davao vs. Jessie Suacasa of Koronadal (110 lbs-4 rds).

Tickets pegged at P3,000, P2,000, P1,500, P1,000, P500 and P150 are still available at the ticketing offices in SM Davao, SM Lanang and USEP gym.

“VIP tickets are now almost sold out. So better make your reservations,” said Claire Lukban, events manager of ALA Promotions.

“We hope to fill in the 8,000 to 10,000 seating capacity of Usep gym,” Lukban said.

Aside from ABS-CBN, the fights will be shown also live through The Filipino Channel in Asia, North America, Middle East, Europe and Australia. (PNA)

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