IT’S a do-or-die fight for veteran Cebuano fighter Bert “The Ninja” Batawang as he takes another crack at a world title.

Batawang, 38, will face a former tormentor, Ulises “Archie” Solis, in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title eliminator today at the Gimnasio Oscar “Tigre” García in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

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The winner will become the mandatory challenger of Colombian IBF light flyweight champion Carlos Tamara, who recently won the crown from Filipino warrior Brian Viloria via a 12th round stoppage.

In the weigh-in yesterday, Batawang tipped the scales at 107.5, while former world champion Solis was half a pound heavier at 108.

Solis, 28, beat Batawang in their first encounter in 2007, stopping the Cebuano in nine rounds.

Batawang is 45-14-3 with 37 KOs, while Solis is 29-2-2 with 20 KOs.

Both fighters won their last fights.

Batawang is off from an impressive fifth-round KO over Indonesian veteran Jack Amisa, while Solis won a unanimous decision over unheralded Panamanian Derciu Cabarca.

A loss for Batawang could mean the end of his almost 20-year career.