Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC) bantamweight champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge will defend his title against Japanese Michinori Tanaka in PXC 37 on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.
Pitpitunge told reporters during a press conference that he is prepared for his first title-defense despite an eight-month training hiatus because of his entry into the Philippine National Police.
“I’m in the police force now and well inspired to defend my title,” said Pitpitunge, who holds a 4-1 win-loss record. “I won’t allow Michinori to get this title, and I assure him he’ll get his first loss. I’m not going to back down.”
Pitpitunge knocked out Justin Cruz in the first round with a solid strike in 2011 to win the PXC title.
“When I went back to training in the gym, I adjusted very well and got back my fighting form immediately,” said Pitpitunge.
Tanaka, a submission specialist has seven wins under his belt. He defeated Caleb Valloton in PXC 36 with a choke. The Japanese fighter just emerged from a 20-day training camp in the USA to prepare for the fight, “I know the defending champion is tough but I’m confident I will take home the title when I go back in Japan. I want to prove to the people that I deserved the title shot and I will also maintain my unbeaten record,” said the 22-year-old Tanaka through an interpreter.
Meanwhile, the fight between Mark Striegl and former Shooto wrestling champion Yusuke Yachi will be rescheduled in August with the title defense bout between PXC flyweight champion Ale Cali and Louis Smolka.
Josef T. Ramos