Cebu City, Philippines – The Queen City of the South once again plays host to yet another blockbuster fight card dubbed as “Philippines vs The World,” which features ALA Boys Rey “BoomBoom” Bautista (28-2-0, 21 KOs) and undefeated Milan “Piston Punch” Melindo (21-0-0, 6 KOs), former world champion Florante Condes(23-5-1, 20 KOs), and world title contender Jimrex Jaca (30-6-3, 15 KOs). This sports promotion, made possible by the concerted efforts of ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, will be held at the plush Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino on the 28th of this month.
ALA Boys Bautista and Melindo, in a press conference held recently at the Sports Exchange Bar and Restaurant, expressed much enthusiasm about the new scientific conditioning measures adopted at training camp. Both fighters suggested that advanced plyometrics and circuit training regimen introduced by conditioning guru Pio Solon have considerably improved not just their speed and balance, but also their power as well. ALA boxing stable president Michael Aldeguer said that they decided to seek Solon’s expertise to pull alongside the recent trend in conditioning training, which is geared towards a very scientific approach. Solon is a University of the Philippines – Diliman graduate and a certified conditioning coach both here and abroad.
BoomBoom will test his mettle against a tough Mexican in Alejandro “Zorrito” Barrera (20-3-0, 13 KOs). It might be noted that Bautista’s two setbacks came at the hands of Mexicans Daniel Ponce De Leon and Heriberto Ruiz. When asked whether this would serve as a fight for revenge, the hard punching Bautista said he isn’t out for payback and added that those two losses have taught him not to take these Latino fighters lightly. In an interview with ALA Promotions Public Relations man Chad Cañares, Barrera exuded confidence about his chances against the Filipino banger. When asked about his opinion on Filipino fighters, he said “Filipino fighters are good, but Mexicans are better.”
Undefeated world title prospect Milan Melindo will trade mitts against OPBF #4 – ranked fighter Jin-Man Jeon (13-3-0, 3 KOs) of Korea. Jeon, the Korean Flyweight Champion, will climb the ring enjoying at least 3-inch advantages in both height and reach. But the superbly confident Melindo is undaunted. “Watch out for the new and improved Milan Melindo come August 28th,” assured the slick and crafty Cagayan De Oro native, who has generated a sizeable fan base headed by pacland’s notorious Darren_Simeon.
Former IBF minimumweight champion Florante Condes is on a comeback trail, as he faces journeyman Sofyan Effendi (10-8-2, 8 KOs) of Jakarta, Indonesia. Twenty-seven-year-old Jimrex Jaca will try to put his name back into the scheme of things, as he takes on Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (14-5-0, 12 KOs) of Mexico.
Fight telecast is scheduled the day after fight night on ABS-CBN channel 3 at 10:15 am. Local fight fans will also be treated to a free public viewing of workout sessions on August 22 at the SM-Cebu Activity Center from 12:00nn to 2:00pm. Tickets for this boxing spectacle are pegged at P2000 for first row seats, P1500 for second row seats, P1250 for third row seats, P1000 for fourth row seats, P500 for ringside and a very affordable P250 for balcony.
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