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Monday, December 17, 2018
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Eyes on the prize

NO PUSHOVERS. Hugo Reyes, (left), Uriel Lopez (center) and George Krampah (right) show their fists as they look to beat the Filipino pugs in their own backyard. (SunStar photo/Edri Aznar)

THEY are no pushovers.

That’s what visiting Mexican fighters Uriel Lopez and Hugo Reyes and manager Antonio Lozada assured the fight fans.

“I’m sure that my boxers will win. We are not here for the money. Boxing is my passion. I have been here many times, and I never bring dull fighters. These boxers believe they can win it. Fighting for a world title is their ultimate dream. That’s good enough to be a motivation,” said Lozada.

Lopez (13-6-1, 6 KOs) is challenging World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental super bantamweight king Jeo Santisima (16-2, 14 KOs) in the main event of Pinoy Pride 45 - “Quest for Greatness” on Saturday night, Nov. 24, at the IEC Convention Center.

“Confidence is always important. We know we are good fighters. We are confident that we’ll win. We don’t expect to come here and win on points. That’s a very bad idea. You’ve got to come here to be aggressive and score a knockout because if it will go the distance you might become a victim of a hometown decision,” said Lopez, who’s the World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino super bantamweight champion.

The 22-year-old Reyes (9-1-1, 7 KOs), on the other hand, is taking on former amateur standout KJ Cataraja (8-0, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight strap in one of the main features.

“I came here with confidence. I came here to fight and win it. I don’t want to win it on points. I know it’s not easy, but I’m here to win by knockout,” said Reyes.

Lozada is a frequent visitor to the country. The last time he was here was in April, when his fighter Hector Garcia gave Joe Noynay a run for his money in Bogo City. Garcia lost to hometown hero Noynay via a majority decision, which Lozada vehemently contested.

“If it happens that we have to win on points, I hope that the judges will be fair,” said Lozada. “Garcia won that fight. I hope this time the verdict will be real.”

Meanwhile, Ghanian George Krampah (14-3, 12 KOs) is also looking to come out victorious despite coming in as a huge underdog against WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight titleholder Albert Pagara (30-1, 21 KOs).

“I’m prepared. I’m here to win. I came from afar. It was a long journey of 17 hours. I know it won’t be easy, but we came here prepared. We are not expecting a knockout, but when it comes, we’ll embrace it,” he said. (EKA)


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