Cebu City, Philippines – One more week to go before the 10th installment of the Pinoy Pride series kicks off, the Filipino prizefighters headed off to SM City Cebu yesterday to provide local fight fans a little dose of pugilistic treat. Reigning IBF international bantamweight champion Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (, who will banner the event, this Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City, gave people a glimpse of their training as the countdown slowly winds down to zero.
Bautista will be facing Miguel Mendoza of Mexico, whose 17-0-1 record with 17 knockouts can scare the living daylights of any ordinary opposition.
Along Bautista are his comrades at the ALA Gym, Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes and unbeaten up-and-comer Genesis “Azukal” Servania (15-0, 5 KOs). Also strutting their wares are three of ALA Gym’s most promising and undefeated prospects – Mark Acub, Roma Rate, and Mark Vincent Bernaldez.
“I am ready for Mendoza,” Bautista said after the work out. “I have seen his videos. He is good and strong. But we have a plan and I will execute it.”
Servania will also face an unbeaten prospect. Marcos Cardenas (12-0-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico will be figuring in his first fight outside of his home country. This will also be the second time Servania faced a Mexican. The first time was when he pummeled former world contender Gerson Guerrero en route to a unanimous decision win last October 2011.
Asked how he felt about the topnotch quality of fights he has been getting, Servania said he relishes in the experience.
“I love the challenge,” Servania told this writer. “Whoever ALA gives me, I will fight.”
As for a game plan, Servania revealed he does not have an idea how Cardenas fights. “Me and Coach Edito (Villamor) will use the first two rounds to study him.
“We will just make a strategy once we are inside the ring.”
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