Banal returns to ring in July


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Alex John “Bazooka” Banal will return to the ring in a non-title bout against Mexican Ramon Maas on July 6 in Pinoy Pride 21.

Banal said he really wanted to recapture his winning ways after losing via technical knockout against Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title in October 20 last year in Manila.

“I’m hoping to regain my old deadly form,” said the 24-year-old bantamweight, who holds 28-2-1 win-loss-draw card with 20 knockouts. “So far, I’m confident I can win in my return fight. All I need to do is focus on my training and game plan.”

Maas holds a 26-3 win-loss record with 15 knockouts although he is coming off from back-to-back defeats against Jonathan Ramos Lecona and Mario Briones.

Pinoy Pride 21 at the new Solaire Resort and Casino will feature as main event the fight between unbeaten WBO minimum weight champion Merlito Sabillo (21-0, 11 KOs) and Colombian Jorle Estrada (16-6 with 5 KOs).

Arthur Villanueva (21-0, 11 KOs) will also fight former world title contender Arturo Badillo (21-4, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific super flyweight belt in other bout.


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