RANDY Petalcorin said he’s up to the challenge even as Nicaragua’s Felix Alvarado declared he will knock out the Filipino in their world title fight at the Midas Hotel on Monday.
"Tingnan natin kung totoo ba yung sinasabi niya," said the Davao-born Petalcorin during a media workout three days before he faces Alvarado for the International Boxing Federation light-flyweight crown.
"Sa taas na lang ng ring yan malalaman." But the 26-year-old Petalcorin, who carries a ring record of 29-2-1 (22 KOs), acknowledged the power Alvarado carries on his fist that he had to train extensively for the biggest fight of his career.
"Actually nag-training ako ng tatlong buwan, kasi malakas yung kalaban natin. Knockout puncher siya," e," said the Filipino fighter out of SanMan Promotions.
Alvarado has kayoed 29 of his 33 opponents, while losing just two times in his career, both of which were world title fights.
Petalcorin looks forward of winning a world crown right in front of his countrymen.
"Kung meron lang 101 percent, e," he said when asked about his condition coming into the 12-round bout. "Para ito sa ating bansa at karangalan natin na mag world champion," added Petalcorin. "Magandang laban ito."