Rey Bautista to defend WBO title in Davao City
Written by JOSEF T. RAMOS
WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) international featherweight champion Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista will defend his title against Mexican Jose Ramirez in the 19th edition of Pinoy Pride: ‘the Mexican invasion’ on April 20 at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City.
Bautista, who holds 34-2 win-loss slate with 25 knockouts, won the title last October via split decision against Daniel Ruiz of Mexico at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Ramirez (24-3 with 15 KOs) is expected to come out strong in his first fight outside the US.
In other fight, Rocky Fuentes (34-6-2 with 20 KOs) of Cebu City faces Juan Kantun of Yucatan, Mexico in a ten-round non-title contest.
Filipino Arthur Villanueva (20-0 with 11 KOs) also collides against challenger compatriot Marco Demecillo (18-0-1 with 14 KOs).
Also seeing action is knockout artist Lorenzo ‘Thunderbolt’ Villanueva (23-1 with 21KOs), who will meet Arief Blader of Indonesia.