Pinoy Pride 17– Philippines vs The World: Who will deliver?

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Thursday, October 18, 2012


PASAY City—This Saturday night’s “Pinoy Pride 17– Philippines vs The World” is the biggest of of the boxing series and also promises to be the most exciting as the main protagonists vow to tear each other’s heads off.

The main event of the boxing extravaganza at the huge SM Mall of Asia Arena features a world title fight between No. 1 rated AJ “Bazooka” Banal (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and No. 2 ranked Pungluang Sor Singyu (42-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight crown.

“I have seen AJ’s fights before and I know what to do on top of the ring,” said Sor Singyu during the final press conference at the Midas Hotel. “He won’t reach six rounds.”

Banal was unfazed by Sor Singyu’s bold prediction and quickly retaliated, “I’ll knock him out in five, a round before what he predicted.”

Pinoy Pride 17 boxers
TALKING POINTS. Fighters in this Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 17 (from left) Marlon Tapales, Michael Domingo, Jason Pagara, Rey Bautista, AJ Banal, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Miguel Antoine, Daniel Ruiz, Rasmanudin and Mudde Ntambe Rabison face off in the final press con for the event. (Sun.Star Photo/Ruel Rosello)

Both Banal and Sor Singyu are on an amazing unbeaten run. Banal has won 11 straight fights and hasn’t lost in over four years. Sor Singyu, on the other hand, is on a 19-fight winning streak.

Like Sor Singyu, Daniel Ruiz (27-5-2, 19 KOs) also fearlessly promised to end Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista’s (33-2, 25 KOs) night early.

“This will be a good fight. I predict a knockout,” he said.

Bautista welcomed Ruiz to try and knock him out.

“Let’s do it this Saturday,” he said.

Bautista and Ruiz are fighting for the vacant WBO International featherweight belt.

ALA Promotions’ biggest boxing promotion this year also features another title fight in the undercard as Jason Pagara (29-2, 18 KOs) defends his WBO International light welterweight crown against unbeaten Miguel Antoine (17-0-1, 9 KOs).

“I’m ready. I had a great camp and I feel so conditioned,” said Pagara.

Antoine hopes to break into the world rankings with a win over Pagara, who is rated No. 7 in the WBO.

“I’m an excellent fighter. I trained for a lot of months and put on a lot of hard work into this. I’m going to show a good fight,” said Antoine.

Also seeing action in the undercard are veteran Michael Domingo (44-16-2, 23 KOs) and promising youngster Marlon Tapales (19-1, 6 KOs).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2012.

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