Gear up for a healthy serving of mano-a-mano bakbakan this Saturday, folks!
Solaire Resort and Casino, a big-time venue for first-class entertainment, is set to host Pinoy Pride XXI: When Worlds Collide on July 13. See up-and-coming Filipino boxers slug it out with top-notch foreign competition! It's "The Philippines vs. the World" tagline all over again, a patriotic twist that should make the festivities a lot more interesting for both fighters and spectators.
A total of eight matches across several weight divisions including a world title bout is up to give you a huge dose of hard-hitting boxing. The local gladiators who'll fight for the country's pride include AJ "Bazooka" Banal, OPBF superflyweight champ Arthur Villanueva, as well as WBO Minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo in his first title defense.
Another local boxer you should watch for is Albert Pagara, an undefeated prospect who's aiming for the 17th W of his young pro career.
The first bout will start as early as six in the evening on Saturday, which means you'll have a night filled with glove-mashing, palitan ng mukha action. And, as a way to tell you "Taralets, dudes!," we've come up with short previews of the four fights on the main card. Check 'em out below.
Albert Pagara (16-0-0, 11 KOs) vs. Khunkiri Wisaruth (9-4-1, 5 KOs; Thailand)
Duration: Eight rounds
Division: Super bantamweight (122-pounds)
What we're expecting: The 19-year-old Albert Pagara is dynamite punching machine, having won all of his first 16 matches. He also has some real power inside his gloves, with 11 of those wins coming by way of KO. On the other hand, we know almost zilch about his opponent, Khunkiri Wisaruth. However, a bit of research told us he's already 32 years old—a grizzled veteran by boxing standards. That might mean the Thai will be slower and could resort to gulang tactics in the hopes of keeping the much younger Pagara at bay. However, if the teenager manages to start strong and maintain his attack, we're seeing a KO even before the bell for the sixth round rings.
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