Mexican eyes KO win vs Boom-Boom

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Thursday, April 18, 2013


DAVAO CITY - Every fighter has his Achilles’ heel, and for Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista, it is his chin. At least, that’s what Mexican Jose “Negro” Ramirez.

The 25-year-old native of Sinaloa will go headhunting on Saturday night and hopefully lands a lethal punch on Bautista’s chin, something reminiscent to his unfortunate fate seven years ago.

“I have seen his fight online. What I have seen in the (Daniel Ponce) de Leon fight is that you hit him in the jaw,” Ramirez said in yesterday’s final press con at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Bautista suffered his first and only knockout loss back in 2007, in which he was stopped by de Leon in just a single round at the Arco Arena in Sacramento.

Ramirez, however, is ready to finish the whole 12-round fight title fight for Bautista’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) International featherweight belt in the main event of Pinoy Pride 19- “Mexican Invasion” at the University of Southeastern Philippines.

“I came here to fight 12 rounds. I have no forecast. We’ll just see on Saturday,” he said.

The 26-year-old Bautista is also geared up for grueling 12-round war but he will go for the kill if given an opening.

“I don’t predict what round. I’m also ready to fight for 12 rounds. I just want to give the fans a good show. If there’s an opening, then I’ll knock him out. I’m not thinking of the knockout, it will just come,” said Bautista “He came here to fight.

Somebody is going to get knocked out in this fight.”

Bautista is 34-2 with 25 knockouts, while Ramirez is 24-3 with 17 knockouts.

Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion Rocky Fuentes stakes his lofty rankings against Mexican Juan Kantun in a 10-round co-main event.

Fuentes is ranked No. 3 in both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and IBF; No. 4 in the WBO; and No. 5 in the World Boxing Association (WBA). Kantun isn’t ranked in the world but he is the current WBC Youth super flyweight titleholder.

OPBF super flyweight champion Arthur Villanueva (20-0, 11 KOs) will defend his crown against fellow unbeaten prospect Marco Demecillo “Singwangcha” (18-0-1, 14 KOs) in a fight that has the making of a classic.

Mark Bernaldez (9-0, 5 KOs) steps in as a last minute replacement for Lorenzo Villanueva against Indonesian Arief Blader (17-9-1, 6 KOs).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 19, 2013.

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