Philippines, 23 Feb 2018
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid BaŮez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry PeŮalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny PiŮol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


ĎBoom Boomí ponders future


PhilBoxing.com




Rey (Boom Boom) Bautista turned pro at 16, a week shy of his 17th birthday, in 2003 and now at 27, heís a grizzled veteran with 37 fights under his belt. Tomorrow night, he promises to make a sensational debut as a superfeatherweight against Mexican Sergio Villanueva in a 10-round appetizer to the Donnie Nietes-Moises Fuentes rematch at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Bautista wasnít his usual self in his last outing which he lost to Mexican Jose Ramirez on a split decision in Davao City a year ago. He went down in the first round, got up to floor Ramirez in the eighth but ran out of gas down the stretch. Bautista said he had difficulty making the 126-pound featherweight limit and couldnít get it together.

ďI couldnít focus right away,Ē said Bautista in Filipino. ďI drank two bottles of different energy drinks in the dressing room and I got dizzy. Ramirez isnít a good fighter. It was just that I was dehydrated. But no excuses, I lost that fight. Now, Iím up to 130. If Ramirez wants to go up to superfeatherweight, Iíll be ready for him.Ē

Bautista said when he was knocked down in the first round, it didnít bring back the nightmarish memory of his bleak try to wrest the WBO superbantamweight crown from Mexican Daniel Ponce de Leon in Sacramento in 2007. Ponce de Leon knocked out the previously unbeaten Bautista at 2:30 of the opening round.

ďIíve put the Ponce de Leon fight out of my mind,Ē said Bautista. ďI was young then, immature. I wanted to take him out with one punch in one round. Now, things are different. When I went down in the first round of the Ramirez fight, it was because of lack of concentration. I didnít think about Ponce de Leon. I just knew it was because my weight problem.Ē Yesterday, Bautista said he was three over the 130-pound superfeatherweight limit. It wonít be an issue scaling down at the weigh-in today.

****

As for the future, Bautista said heíll grab whatever opportunity comes his way. ďIf I get another world title shot, Iíll do my best to win but if I donít get it, that means itís not for me,Ē he said. ďI leave it up to Sir ALA (Tony Aldeguer) and Sir Michael (Aldeguer). Iíll keep on fighting. Iíll never leave ALA, I owe everything to ALA. But what I also want to do is to join the military. Iíve always dreamed to be a soldier. I applied to join the Air Force at Villamor but I was denied because Iím married. Thatís not fair. Iíve been told the Army will accept married men so Iím applying for the Army. I think Iíve given honor to our country as a fighter and I want to keep on giving honor to our country as a soldier. Boxing is not something you do forever. When Iím finished fighting, Iíd like to train military boxers. I know thereís a training camp in Baguio. I also know there is a drive to bring the troops closer to sports. I hope to be able to contribute to that effort.Ē

ALA trainer Edito Villamor said if Bautista makes progress as a superfeatherweight, the plan is to eventually put him up against Ponce de Leon in a rematch or former WBO superbantamweight and featherweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico. Ponce de Leon, 33, has a 45-6 record, with 35 KOs, and was stopped by Lopez in a battle for the vacant WBO International superfeatherweight crown in Puerto Rico last March.

While heís thinking of the future, Bautista said itís important to take care of business tomorrow night as his immediate priority. ďVillanueva is a jabber,Ē he continued in Filipino. ďIíve watched one of his fights on tape. In the first few rounds, he runs, jabs, moves side to side. Heís very frisky. Then, in the middle rounds, he goes in. Thatís when Iíll wait for him. Although Iíve moved up to 130, I still have my power. In the gym, I worked out with Nick (Curson) and I did a lot of new exercises for balance, relaxing my muscles and explosiveness. I even did exercises in the swimming pool.Ē
****

Curson owns and operates a training center in Redondo Beach, California. He offered his services to ALA in an e-mail and Villamor checked him out when the trainer went to Los Angeles with fighters Milan Melindo and Genesis Servania a few months back. Villamorís feedback was positive and Curson was brought to Cebu to work with the ALA Boys.

ďNickís approach is very scientific,Ē said Villamor. ďHe isolates your fast-twitch muscle fiber and works on your explosiveness. He makes you relax your muscles so you get maximum power when you strike. Heís been a big help to our fighters.Ē Bautista said with what he learned from Curson, expect an explosion tomorrow. ďBoom Boom is back,Ē he said. ďJust watch my fight.Ē

Bautista said heís now settled in with his wife Maria Sheryl and their 1-year-old son Rey Gabriel. ďWith what Iíve earned in boxing, I was able to build two houses in Bohol, one in my hometown of Candijay and another in Tagbilaran,Ē he said. ďI also have two passenger jeepneys and three tricyles in Bohol. In Cebu, I have a house where I live with my family. Iím really thinking of the future now. For example, I donít want my son to become a boxer. Iíll teach him boxing for self-defense in school but I donít want him to suffer what I suffered, I donít want him to get hurt, to get his nose broken or to get cut up. Boxing is a hard life. I donít want him to experience my hardships. But if after I explain to him how difficult a boxerís life is and he still wants to try it out, Iíll support him all the way.Ē

Photo: Rey 'Boom-Boom' Bautista (C) poses with Milan Melindo (L) and Donnie Nietes (R) during yesterday's presscon of Pinoy Pride 25 at Bayview Hotel in Manila.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Joaquin Henson.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ARUM SAYS ALVARADO FIRST THEN MATTHYSSE NEXT FOR PACQUIAO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • JOJO DIAZ KOs TERRAZAS TO RETAIN NABF AND NABO TITLES
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • PHOTOS: SUPERFLY 2 FINAL PRESSER
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Dana White: Jon Jones & I Finally Spoke After 2 Years, Talked Comeback
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • CHUA, IGNACIO BANNER COUNTRY'S BID IN JAPAN 10-BALL TOURNEY
    By Marlon Bernardino, Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Viloria stronger than ever
    By Joaquin Henson, Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Arzona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Benavidez Strong, El Saber es Poder & More
    By Don Smith, Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • MICHAEL "HAMMER FIST" FARENAS RETURNS TO THE RING APRIL 7, IN CANADA
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Rances Barthelemy Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Conor McGregor Blasted By Frankie Edgar's Manager, 'He'll Beat Your Ass'
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Unbeaten Dominican Welterweight Contender Carlos Adames Signs Multi-Year Promotional Agreement With Top Rank
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • SUPERFLY 2 FINAL PRESSER: NIETES MEETS REVECO
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS TO HOST HISTORIC REMATCH BETWEEN CANELO ALVAREZ AND GENNADY 'GGG' GOLOVKIN
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • SHOWTIME SPORTSģ LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL TALK SHOW BELOW THE BELT
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Open division semifinal results from Lowell
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Brock Lesnar Is Primed for UFC Comeback, Says WWE Manager Paul Heyman
    By , Fri, 23 Feb 2018
  • Mike Tyson: Deontay Wilder Could Beat Me? 'I Don't Think So'
    By , Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • ANCAJAS TO MEET MAYOR SARA DUTERTE
    By Lito delos Reyes, Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • Hotshots eye twice-to-beat incentive vs Bolts in Cagayan de Oro
    By Eddie Alinea, Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • RECARTE TIAUSON JOINS STRONG VIETNAM CHESS TOURNEY
    By Marlon Bernardino, Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • NIETES AND VILORIA ALL SET FOR SUPERFLY 2
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • Dana White: Yes, I'm Stripping Conor's Belt, No Deal with Floyd Yet
    By , Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • JUAN CARLOS REVECO HAS A GRIM MESSAGE FOR FILIPINO FIGHT FANS
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Thu, 22 Feb 2018
  • JOSEPH DIAZ, JR. VS. VICTOR "VIKINGO" TERRAZAS OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
    By , Thu, 22 Feb 2018


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.