PURLUANG Sorsingyu of Thailand is looking to add AJ `Bazooka’ Banal to his long list of Filipino victims when the two square off for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight championship on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Of the 42 wins in 43 fights by the 24-year-old Sorsingyu, 14 of them were Filipinos, including his last six victims.
He hopes to make the 23-year-old Banal (28-1-1, 20KOs) the latest casualty from the Philippines as he declared himself ready for the 12-round title fight upon arrival in the country late Tuesday afternoon.
Sorsingyu, ranked no. 2 by the WBO, came over on board PR flight 753 and was accompanied by his team composed of Onesongchai Promotions representative Michael Do, Mueankhit Saensuk, and a couple of journalists from Thailand.
He gets to meet Banal face-to-face on Thursday in the press conference of the fightcard Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippines vs. The World and presented by ALA Promotions which will be held at the Midas Hotel.
Onesongchai Promotions new head Pariyakorn Ratanasuban, who took over from his father as top decision maker of Thailand’s biggest boxing and muay thai promotional company, will be joining team Sorsingyu during the afternoon affair.
Team Sorsingyu will be staying at the Sofitel Hotel during their entire stop in Manila.
Meanwhile, veteran referee Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring during the Banal-Sorsingyu title match, while the three judges scoring the bout are Raul Caiz Jr., Levi Martinez, and Robert Hoyle.