CRISANTO Pitpitunge hopes his absence from the police force won’t be in vain as he takes on Alvin Cacdac for the Pacific X-Treme Combat flyweight crown in PXC 48 on Saturday night at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.
The former PXC bantamweight champion, who has moved one weight class down, took a leave from his work as a Baguio City cop and his superiors readily accepted it in their intention to help him in his bid to regain lost glory.
“Kung may ganito (fight), nagre-request kami ng permission for time off para mag-train at pinapayagan naman,” Pitpitunge said in the official press conference on Wednesday. “Very supportive naman yung mga directors natin ‘dun.”
And the PO1-ranked criminology graduate out of University of the Cordilleras seeks to repay his superiors’ support with a victory to improve his 7-3 win-loss record and become a two-division champion.
But the 28-year-old Kapangan, Benguet native is facing a veteran in the Filipino-American Cacdac, who has 19 fights under his belt, having won all but three.
Pitpitunge, though, believes he has a few advantages against his grizzled foe.
“He’s a good boxer and wrestler, but I believe I have the edge in power, strength, and cardio,” said the man known as The Slugger, who is aiming for a quick victory.
“I would like to knock him out and submit him as soon as possible. But Alvin is a great fighter, so depende na lang sa flow ng laban.”
Another championship bout is in store as Rolando Dy of Davao squares off against Guamaninan Kyle Aguon for the bantamweight belt in a rematch of their fight last year won by Aguon in a controversial spilt decision.
The nine-fight card will air exclusively on TV5 the next night at 11 p.m.