By Dennis Principe
Filipino world bantamweight title challenger AJ Bazooka Banal easily made the weight limit at an exact 118 lbs. in Friday’s official weigh-in held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines. Such was not the case for opponent Pungluang Sor Singyu who went over by one pound and needed to jog for a few minutes to shed off the excess. Pungluang eventually made the limit on his second try at exactly 118 lbs.
Banal and Pungluang will battle for the vacant World Boxing Organzation bantamweight crown which was recently vacated by Mexican superstar Jorge Arce. The 12-round title bout will headline “Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippines vs. The World which will happen Saturday night at the MOA Arena.
This will be Banal’s second world title attempt since losing via 10th round knockout to Panamanian Rafael Concepcion in a WBA interim superflyweight bout back in 2008 in Cebu. Also seeing action is Rey Boom Boom Bautista who will battle Mexican Daniel Ruiz for the vacant WBO International Featherweight belt. However only Bautista, who weighed in 126lbs, can vie for the title after Ruiz went over by three pounds.
The official weights:
AJ Banal 118 vs. Pungluang Sor Singyu 118
(vacant WBO world Bantamweight title)
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista 126 vs. Daniel Ruiz 129
(vacant WBO Int’l Featherweight title)
Jason Pagara 140 vs. Miguel Antoine 140
(WBO Int’l lighwelterweight title)
Michael Domingo 120, Mudde Ntambe Rabison 118 (8rds)
Marlon Tapales 118, Rasmanudin 118 (8rds)
Juan Martin Elorde 129, Gerry Sismundo 131 (6rds)
Randy Bullong 117, Kazuma Ejiri 118 (4rds)
Robert Agcopra 131, Val Falcunaya 130 (4rds)