FROM the foreign fighters seeing action in the undercard of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title fight between Filipino AJ `Bazooka’ Banal and Thai Pungluang Sor Singyu, Miguel Antoine easily stands out.
Not only does he come from little-known Barbados, but the unbeaten Antoine also looks forward to challenging Philippine pride Manny Pacquiao in the near future.
The 24-year-old fighter is so confident of beating Jason Pagara in their WBO International light-welterweight title match this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena that he wants to get in touch with the Pacquiao camp for a possible showdown with the boxing superstar from General Santos City.
“After this (fight with Pagara), we look forward to a fight with Mr. Manny Pacquiao,” said Antoine, nicknamed `Hands of Stone,’ when he appeared in the PSA Forum Tuesday with trainer Samuel Gregory Layne.
Antoine is fighting Pagara for the WBO International light-welterweight title in one of three championships at stake in the boxing card dubbed Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippines vs. The World and presented by ALA boxing promotions.
He expects the fight not to last the entire 12 rounds as Antoine bragged, “he (Pagara) has not met a fighter like me.”
Once he disposes of Pagara, Antoine, undefeated in 17 fights, including nine by KOs, said Pacquiao is next.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to meet with the people of Mr. Pacquiao,” said Layne.
The manager of Antoine added his boy fights and moves like Floyd Mayweather Jr., but is definitely faster and hits harder than the unbeaten American.
“If Pacquiao is not afraid, he will fight me,” said Antoine.
Pagara, the defending champion, has a 29-2 record, with 18 KOs.
The rest of the foreign fighters were not as bold as Antoine, but optimistic as well that they’ll leave the country victorious.
“There would be a knockout and there won’t be a decision,” said Mexican Daniel Ruiz through his interpreter and assistant trainer Melencio Ricardo Omar Zamora. Ruiz, the World Boxing Council Latino super-featherweight champion, is taking on former world title contender Rey `Boom Boom’ Bautista.
Up for grabs in the 12-round match between Bautista (33-2-0, 25 KOs) and Ruiz (27-5-2, 19KOs) is the WBO international featherweight championship.
Sor Singyu failed to attend the forum as the Thai fighter arrived in the country late Tuesday, but said he’s ready to square off with the 23-year-old Banal.
Also appearing in the session were Mudde Ntambe Rabison of Uganda and Rasmanudin of Indonesia. Rabison (19-2-1, 7 KOs) battles Michael Domingo, while Rasmudin clashes with Marlon Tapales.
Rabison, who came over with trainer Abdallah Mugayi, believes he can beat Michael Domingo that he’s already looking forward to fighting again this December.
The rest of the undercard include fights pitting Juan Martin Elorde against Gerry Sismundo, Randy Bullong opposite Kazuma Ejiri, and Robert Agcopra versus Nelson Sungahid.