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EDRIN DAPUDONG PROMISES A GOOD SHOW; UICAB VOWS A MEXICAN CELEBRATION

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Cancun, Mexico - Sept. 15 - It was a boxing press conference like no other. No harsh words were thrown, no knockout predictions were made.

In the end, the event which was expected to be raucous and controversial to add more drama to the Sept. 17 championship bout between Filipino defending title Edrin "The Sting" Dapudong of M'lang, North Cotabato and local boy Wilbert Uicab of Quintana Roo, Mexico turned into a happy gathering of people involved in boxing and a picture taking session which included photos of Dapudong and members of the family of his challenger Uicab.

It was the humble farmer's son from M'lang who set the friendly tone for the tournament. When asked to make his prediction on the fight, the 24-year-old Dapudong who stands 5' 5," instead thanked the Mexican promoters who invited him to fight in Mexico again and greeted the Mexican people on their celebration of the 200th Independence Day Celebration.

"I greet the Mexican people on their Independence Day and I thank the Mexican promoters for inviting me to fight in this country again," said fhe former college student.

When asked whether he intends to knockout Uicab and turn himself into another "Mexican Destroyer" like Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino champion who is also known as the Barefoot Boxing Prince said that he does not have the habit of making knockout predictions and he does not want to be known as a Mexican Destroyer.

"I respect the capabilities of my challenger Wilbert Uicab because I do not believe he will become NABO and Mexican flyweight champion if he is not good. Filipinos always have a lot of respect for Mexican fighters. I do not have the habit of making predictions but I can promise my promoter (Hector Garcia of HG Boxing) that I prepared hard for this fight and you can all expect a good show," Dapudong told the members of the Mexican media and huge crowd of boxing supporters and aficionados.

Appearing in the press conference with his manager, former North Cotabato governor Manny Pinol who was accompanied by his brothers Noli, the chief trainer, and retired police colonel Patricio, Dapudong displayed once again his humble and unassuming demeanor which has endeared him to the Mexican boxing fans.

Following Dapudong's tone, Uicab, dubbed as the "Hurricane," a local boy of Mayan descent who came to the press conference with his family, welcomed the Filipino champion as a friend but he said he will do his best to win the title and make the Mexican celebration of the 200th Independence Day complete.

"I welcome him as a friend but inside the ring, I will make sure that I will do my best and win the title to complete our celebration of the Mexican Independence," he said, a declaration which was met with a thunderous applause by the crowd.

Uicab said he knows the fight against Dapudong will be a difficult fight because he saw what the Filipino champion did to his countryman Jesus Jimenez last June 19 but added that he will not fail the expectations of the people of Cancun and Quintana Roo where he comes from.

Top photo: Dapudong and Uicab during Wednesday's presscon.


Dapudong (R) and Uicab (L) pose with Dapudong's manager and former Cotabato governor Manny Pinol.


Dapudong (R) poses with Uicab's sister.

Dapudong, a last minute recruit to fight Jimenez in Tepic two months ago, knocked out the former World No. 1 flyweight in the first round to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight silver title.

Yesterday, it was obvious that Uicab had a lot of respect to the Filipino champion especially when they stood side by side with the 5' 5" tall Dapudong towering over him by a good three inches.

After the conference, Dapudong was pleasantly surprised when he was approached by the father and sister of Uicab who asked to have their photo taken with him.

The Dapudong-Uicab WBC Silver Flyweight championship which is set for 12 rounds will be held at the Cancun Convention Center and will be carried by ESPN live and aired in 96 countries all over the world.


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