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Cebu City, Philippines – Hard-hitting Mexican challenger Miguel Mendoza (17-0-1, 17 KOs) boldly made his prediction in front of Cebu City’s sports media earlier today at the Maya Mexican Restaurant during a press conference for his upcoming bout with IBF international featherweight champion Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2, 23 KOs) on December 10th, 2011 at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City. Mendoza, whose impressive registry speaks for itself, is very confident that the highly touted Filipino brawler will bend and fold within six rounds.

Mendoza and Bautista will banner Pinoy Pride X, the tenth installment of perhaps the most successful boxing series held in Philippine soil. Bautista’s IBF international featherweight crown is on the line.

Unbeaten KO machine Miguel Angel Mendoza forecasts a 6th-round stoppage over Boom Boom Bautista.

I came here to win and I will knock Bautista out in six rounds,” Mendoza said, whose prediction invoked an applause from the attending media personnel. Mendoza, boxing writers present at the event concur, is a huge step up in opposition for the highly-ranked Bautista, whose last outing resulted to a victory over Heriberto Ruiz.

For someone who has never gone the full distance of a fight, Mendoza said he came prepared and very conditioned to last 12 rounds if the bout ever comes to that point. But the Mexican also injected that he is definitely looking for a knockout.

We had a good training and my conditioning will help me fight for 12 rounds,” the Mexican said.

Boom Boom not the toughest

I admit Bautista is good fighter and this will be a hard fight,” Mendoza said. “But I don’t see him as my toughest.”

Mendoza revealed that the hardest fight of his career so far was his 13th bout. According tho him, his opponent was a heavy puncher and he had trouble in making the weight. Mendoza said he will not have the same weight issues in his upcoming clash with Bautista.

Despite Bautista holding a reputation as a fearsome puncher, Mendoza said that he wants to engage the Filipino boxer in a trade and hopes Bautista is prepared for what’s coming.

I am a hitter. I love punching.”

Mendoza admits that Bautista is a very good fighter and has a good style. But the Mexican is confident that his style suits Bautista and that he can break the Filipino down.

My style is to get in close and look for openings. Once I see them, I’ll take them.”

Mucho corazon

Asked what the fight fans can expect from this coming Saturday’s prizefight, Mendoza simply said that he will take the belt back home to Mexico. He also said that he intend to win some fans too with his style of fighting.

I fight to win the crowd.”

Peleo con mucho corazon,” Mendoza added, which literally translates to “I fight with a lot of heart.”

Photo credits: PhilBoxing.com

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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.