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After a very exciting performance last Saturday, IBF international featherweight champion Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (32-2, 24 KOs) of the Philippines might have positioned himself to get what he always wanted -a shot for a world title. The Candijay, Bohol native pulverized then undefeated Mexican Miguel Angel Menodoza (17-1-1, 17 KOs) en route to a 6th-round KO finish and the win increased his chances to rise up it in the IBF rankings, according to IBF supervisor Ray Wheatley.

“It was an excellent performance by Boom Boom,” Wheatley told this writer in a post-fight interview. “I don’t see any reason why he should not fight for an eliminator within the next 12 months.”

“Who knows? Maybe we’ll see him take on Billy Dib in the near future,” Wheatley added. Dib is the current IBF featherweight champion.

Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista retains his IBF bantamweight title with a 6th-round KO victory over Miguel Angel Mendoza

For Bautista, he said he would like to take some time off but noted that he is willing to fight whoever who is put in front of him.

“I will fight anyone but it is up to my promoter who I fight,” Bautista told this writer. “But if a chance for an elminator or a world title fight comes along, I will want that opportunity.”

Bautista also said he would relished a rematch with former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. But if he is to choose between De Leon or a shot for an eliminator, the Filipino brawler immediately went for the eliminator.

Michael Aldeguer, CEO of ALA Promotions, however, feels that Bautista is not yet ready for a world title bout.

“Boom Boom provided us with a great performance and he has shown improvements in terms of maturity and patience,” Aldeguer said after the fight. “However, there are some things we saw in the fight that we cant to correct first. I say a couple more fights before a chance to figure in a world title bout.”

But if the opportunity for a world title presents itself, Aldeguer said they will consider it carefully.

In the supporting event, fast-rising boxing prodigy Genesis “Azukal” Servania kept his record immaculate with a 10-round trashing of then unbeaten Marcos Cardenas of Mexico. Servania is being groomed to be a headliner in future boxing events by ALA Promotions and suffice to say, he passed his acid test with flying colors.

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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.