Mandaue City, Philippines – Boxers who will figure in tomorrow night’s slugfest can relax now as all of them made it at the scales in the Pinoy Pride X official weigh-in held earlier today at the Pacific Mall, Mandaue City. Fight night will be held at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City at 6PM.
Defending IBF international featherweight titleholder Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2, 23 KOs) tipped the scale at 126 pounds, right on the dot for th featherweight limit. His opponent, undefeated Miguel Angel Mendoza (17-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico, also registered 126 pounds. Bautista said he had not experienced any difficulties in making the weight and is in tiptop shape to make the first defense of his title.
“Mendoza predicted six rounds,” Bautista told the press after the weigh in. “I am not going to make any prediction but we’ll see who gets knocked out.”
Coach Edmundo Villamor of Team Bautista said that they instructed Bautsita to maintain the pace of the fight from the first to middle rounds and then increase the pressure and tempo by the 7th.
“Mendoza has never been in a fight that went beyond the 5th round,” Villamor told this writer. “That is our edge and we will exploit that.”
Unbeaten up-and-comers Genesis “Azukal” Servania (15-0, 5 KOs) of the Philippines and Mexican Marcos Cardenas (19-0, 12 KOs) also made the super bantamweight limit. Servania registered at 122 1/2 pounds while Cardenas came in at 122 flat.
Vying for the vacant OPBF light welterweight title are Romeo Jakosalem (15-4, 8 KOs)) of the Philippines and Pan Soo Kim (11-2-1, 7 KOs) of South Korea. Both men came in under 140 pounds, the division’s limit.
IBF International Featherweight Championship
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (126 lbs) vs Miguel Angel Mendoza (126 lbs)
Genesis “Azukal” Servania (122 1/2 lbs) vs Marcos Cardenas (122 lbs)
OPBF Light Welterweight Championship
Romeo “Jacko” Jakosalem (138 1/2 lbs) vs Pan Soo Kim (139 3/4 lbs)