DAVAO CITY – Rey 'Boom Boom' Bautista plans to put on an intelligent fight when he takes on Jose Ramirez of Mexico on Saturday night in their World Boxing Organization featherweight match at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym.
To prove that the once gung-ho fighter is now a seasoned veteran, Bautista said he won't be in a hurry to engage Ramirez in toe-to-toe action and instead pick his spots and then pounce on the opportunity once he sees an opening against his Mexican opponent.
“Hindi tayo kailangang magmadali (sa knockout). Gamit lang ng jabs sa first few rounds, pero once makakita ng pagkakataon, tsaka tayo pupukpok,” said the 26-year-old pride of the ALA boxing stable on Friday during the official weigh-in for the 'Pinoy Pride 19’ boxing card at the SM City.
Bautista, who stakes his WBO international featherweight belt, tipped the scale at exactly 126 lbs.
The 25-year-old challenger also weighed in at 126 lbs., and declared himself ready to go the entire 12-round distance.
Miguel Martinez, the trainer of Ramirez, said the Filipino is obviously 'scared’ of the Mexican, while adding `Boom Boom’ looked drained during the weigh-in, obviously insinuating the champion had a hard time meeting the featherweight limit.
“I saw his knees shaking (during) the weigh-in. And he looked drained,” said Martinez.
But Bautista shrugged off the Mexican camp’s claim, saying he’d rather do his thing inside the ring.
`Boom Boom,' who lost by first-round knockout to Daniel Ponce De Leon in his bid for the WBO super-bantamweight championship, is currently on an eight-fight winning streak and carries a 34-2 record, including 25 KOs. He is currently ranked No.5 by the WBO.
Martinez’s record stands at 24-3, with 17 KOs.
In the co-main event, Rocky Fuentes battles Juan Kantun of Mexico in a 10-round non-title flyweight match. The Filipino came in at 113 lbs, while the Mexican weighed in at 112.
The main undercard will feature the Orient Pacific Boxing Federation super-flyweight title bout between unbeaten fighters Arthur Villanueva and Marco Demecillo Singwangcha.
Villanueva, dubbed `King Arthur’ and whose record stands a perfect 20-0, with 11 KOs, tipped the scales at 115 lbs.
Singwangcha (18-0, 14 KOs) came in two pounds lighter at 113.