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AJ “Bazooka” Banal (28-1-1, 20KOs) will headline the famed Pinoy Pride XVII and the World Boxing Organization number-one contender in the bantamweight division vowed to bring excitement to the Filipino fight fans.

In the press conference held yesterday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Banal committed to be in his best possible shape when he collides with Thai contender Pungluang Sor Singyu (42-1, 27KOs) on October 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Banal confidently said that his endurance that let him down in his previous bouts won’t be a problem this time and that he could knock his opponent out to finally get the world title and a crack to fight in the United States.

“We will see inside the ring. I will try my best, I can knock him out also,” Banal said. “He is an obstacle to my plan to fight again in the U.S. I will have to clear this obstacle.”

Sor Singyu, on the other hand, that he is excited with his upcoming title shot and also expressed gratitude with how the Filipinos treated him since arriving from Thailand for the pre-fight press conferences.

The 24-year-old former Muay Thai kick boxer added that he knows how good and strong Banal is after watching videos of the Filipino’s previous bout, but he is confident about his chances against the hard-hitting southpaw Bukidnon-native.

“He is a strong fighter, good technique, but I can beat him,” said Sor Singyu when asked about Banal. “I have been training for a month now. My advantage is that I am a stronger puncher than Banal. I have fought more than ten southpaws. Left-handed, right-handed, no problem; this will be a hard fight but I can win by knockout.”

Sor Singyu is coming off a fifth-round TKO win over Ricardo Roa for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title last month, while Banal scored a unanimous decision in his eight-round tune-up fight against Ruben Manakane also last month in Dumaguete.

The 17th installment of the Pinoy Pride series, which will be the first boxing match in the newly-built MOA Arena, will also feature Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista in the main undercard against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

Jason Pagara and Genesis Servania, who both scored scintillating victories in Pinoy Pride XV last week, could also be included in the fight card that is co-organized by ALA Promotions and the official fight broadcaster ABS-CBN Sports.

Photo Credit: PhilBoxing.com (Dong Secuya)

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