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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.

Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista shadowboxing.

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.”

Check out other photos:

Rocky Fuentes doing plyometrics.

Genesis Servania takes his turn at the ladder.

Fighters doing circuit training with their coaches.

Servania, Bautista, and Fuentes pose with the KO Girls

Side note: FBJ did now win the Best Sports Blog honors in the recent Philippine Blog Awards. The plum went to Cebu Running Blog. Still, being nominated for the second time in the row is already a big feat. Filipino Boxing Journal wishes to extend its gratitude and appreciation to Ryan Songalia of Ring TV for representing FBJ in last night’s awarding ceremonies.

Also, expect a bigger and better FBJ next year. The site is slowly making changes and adding more features such as forums, galleries, schedules, the works. Big thanks to all readers who have continued to support the site.

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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.