ONE of the most exciting Filipino fighters has hung up his gloves after 10 years in the brutal sport of boxing. Rey Bautista or better known to the public as “Boom-Boom” for his heavy hands has retired from boxing following his split decision defeat to Jose Ramirez last Saturday night in Davao City.
“Yes, it’s true (that he is retiring). To be honest, we talked about it after he almost got knocked out in his fight at the MOA Arena,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said.
Bautista was in a grueling 12-round fight with Daniel Ruiz last year at the Mall of Asia arena but luckily walked away with a close split decision. Last Saturday night was the same story, Bautista was also in a similar 12-round war with Ramirez but this time he wasn’t lucky.
Bautista was knocked down in the first round and was a step slower than Ramirez, who landed some vicious shots at will. Bautista’s face was swollen and bloodied after the fight.