Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista will defend his World Boxing Organization international featherweight title today (Saturday) against Mexican challenger Jose Ramirez in Davao City in an event dubbed Pinoy Pride 19—Mexican Invasion.
To assure he is in peak fighting form for the bout, Bautista went through 180 rounds of sparring sessions according to ALA Promotion Vice President Dennis Cañete.
“He (Bautista) is in great condition and I believe he will win the match,” Cañete told The Manila Times in a telephone interview. “We’re looking forward to Boom-Boom’s road to a world title shot late this year or probably early next year,”
Cañete said Bautista (34-2 win-loss card with 25 knockouts) is expecting his Mexican opponent to fight very aggressive and smart that’s why he also focused on his defense and counter-punching during training.
“Rey doesn’t like to get embarrassed in front of the Davao crowd,” added Cañete. “I’m happy with his progress. I’m expecting the bout to be competitive.”
Ramirez holds a 23-3 win-loss record with four knockouts.
Last year, Bautista managed to survive a gruelling 12 rounds to post a split decision win against Mexican Daniel Diaz at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“This time, Rey won’t allow another close fight,” Cañete said.
Besides the Bautista-Ramirez main event, the other scheduled bout will feature Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight champion Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2, 20 KOs) vs. Mexican Juan Kantun (20-3-3, 15 KOs).