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Cebu City, Philippines – Reigning IBF international featherweight titleholder Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2- 23 KOs) is set to defend his crown on December 10, 2011 at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer said during the official press launch of Pinoy Pride X at the Cebu Grand City Hotel today. However, Aldeguer said they are still working on the details regarding Bautista’s opponent. An official announcement will be made within next week.

Aldeguer also revealed that his ward underwent a foot surgery a couple of months ago to remove an ingrown toenail, citing it as the reason why Bautista was out of the ring for a long time.

Bautista (left) is now in a good position to challenge for a world title.

Also seeing action will be Rocky Fuentes and Genesis Servania.

Fuentes, like Bautista, still does not have a name opposite him.

Bautista, who is now ranked #5 by the IBF, admitted to the press that he is still yearning for a rematch with former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, the fighter who delivered Bautista’s first career defeat. Bautista added that he never ceased asking his promoters for the De Leon fight, saying he wants that fight not just for self-fulfilment and revenge but to silence his detractors.

Everywhere I go, people always mention Ponce de Leon,” Bautista said. “People do not understand that it was a fight, that people get hit. I got hit with good shots.”

He (De Leon) got me first. What if the situation was reversed and it was me who first landed the solid blows?”

Aldeguer, however, said that while they are looking at the possibility of staging a Bautista-De Leon rematch in the near future, told the press that they want to take things slow for Bautista.

The De Leon fight is certainly in the horizon,” Aldeguer said. “But we don’t feel that Bautista is ready yet. We were looking for something during his last fight with Heriberto Ruiz. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen it.”

‘Right now, it’s one fight at a time for Boom Boom,” Aldeguer added.

PPV venture successful

We do not have the numbers yet, but initial reports indicate that the PPV sales for Pinoy Pride IX is very high,” Aldeguer announced to the press. “In fact, PPV sales for Pinoy Pride IX did better in Cebu compared to the Mayweather-Ortiz fight.”

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.