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    Banal vows knockout

    Oct 18, 2012
    AJ 'Bazooka' Banal and Thai opponent Pungluang Sor Singyu have vowed to knock each other out. Jerome Ascano

    PUNGLUANG Sor Singyu of Thailand has predicted a sixth-round knockout against AJ `Bazooka in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title match on Saturday.

    Unfortunately for the Thai, the 23-year-old Filipino said the 12-round fight won’t last that long.

    “Six rounds pala siya e. Ako knockout siya in five,” said `Bazooka,’ drawing a lot of cheers from those present at the press conference of Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippines vs. The World on Thursday at the Midas Hotel.

    “Hindi tayo papayag ng ganun. Pag nakakuha ng pagkakataon, tatapusin natin ng maaga."

    This will be Banal's first shot at a world title and he vows not to waste the opportunity and the big break provided him by the father-and-son tandem of Tony and Michael Aldeguer, head of the country’s biggest ring stable, the Cebu-based ALA Boxing.

    “Ready na tayo. Ang tagal kong hinintay ito,” said Banal, a native of Bukidnon but now based in the Queen City of the South.

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    The Filipino has a ring record of 28-1-1, with 20 KOs. His only career loss came in 2008 when he absorbed a 10th-round knockout at the hands of Panamanian Rafael Concepcion in Cebu City while still fighting as a super-flyweight.

    Among those Banal had beaten include former world champion Juan Alberto Rosas and ex-world rated Angky Angkota.

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    But Sor Singyu could provide him his biggest challenge yet.

    The 26-year-old Thai has beaten several Filipino foes in the past, including six in his last fights. Ranked No.2 by the WBO, Sor Singyu has a mean record of 42-1, with 27 KOs.

    Mexican Daniel Ruiz also promised to deliver a knockout win against Rey `Boom Boom’ Bautista in their WBO International featherweight title match as part of the undercard.

    “There will be a knockout. There won’t be a decision,” said the Mexican (27-5-2, 19 KOs) from Los Mochis through his interpreter and assistant trainer Melencio Ricardo Omar Zamora.

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    “Magaling na boxer,” said Bautista (33-2, 25 KOs) of his Mexican opponent as the Filipino tried to keep a low profile.

    Also part of the major undercard is WBO International light-welterweight champion Jason Pagara, who stakes his title against Miguel `Hands of Stone’ Antoine of Barbados.

    Official weigh-in for the boxing card presented by ALA Promotions is set on Friday noon at the Music Hall of the Mall of Asia Arena.

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