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Morel, Santiago ready to go

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It is quickly becoming one of the best rivalrity in boxing, Puerto RIco vs. the Phillipines and this Saturday, there willl be two more fights between warriors of this two countries as Eric Morel takes on Gerry Penalosa and Mario Santiago battles Bernabe Concepcion on the big championship card presented by Top Rank at the Hilton Hotel to be telecast on pay-per-view.

Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) from San Juan, Puerto Rico a former world champion takes on two-time world champion Penalosa (54-7-2, 24 KOs) of Cebu City in a battle for the WBO Interim bantamweight championship.

“It’s going to be a tough fight. Penalosa is great warrior and will to me. I have the experience and the boxing to beat him and feel that I can do what I need to do to win this fight,” said Morel.

Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico takes on Concepcion (29-2-1, 17 KOs) of Rizal in a ten round featherweight bout, with the winner getting a shot at WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in the summer.

“Not even thinking about what next. I want to win this fight and look good. It’s not an easy fight and I have to be at my best to win it,” said Santiago.

In the main event Nonito Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, fighting out of San Leandro, Calif., who was scheduled to defend his title against top-rated contender Gerson Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs), of Mexico City, will now be defending his title against former world champion and current Top-Five contender Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-4-1, 11 KOs), of Lagos De Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico, in the main event of “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” Guerrero was forced to bow out today when he did not pass his eye exam.

Produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, ABS-CBN and the Las Vegas Hilton, “Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 13” will take place Saturday, February 13, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The four-bout pay-per-view broadcast, which will begin at 9 P.M. ET / 6 P.M. PT, will also feature WBO featherweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, defending his title against Top-10 contender Ciso Morales (14-0, 8 KOs), of Bohol, Philippines; former WBA flyweight champion and current No. 1 bantamweight contender Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, taking on two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-7-2, 34 KOs), of Cebu, Philippines, in a 12-round WBO bantamweight title elimination bout; and a 10-round featherweight rumble between world title challengers, Mario Santiago (21-1-1, 14 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Bernabe Concepcion (29-2-1, 17 KOs), of Rizal, Philippines.

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