Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista. File Photo.
MANILA, Philippines – After taking a year-long break from boxing, popular Filipino fighter Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista is raring to make his comeback in Pinoy Pride 25 on May 10.
Bautista last fought on April 20, 2013, losing to Jose Ramirez via split decision. He announced his retirement shortly after but has since decided to make a comeback.
"Nakapag-pahinga (ako) sa boxing," Bautista said on ANC's "Hardball" on Wednesday. "Kasi sa buhay natin, aabot tayo sa time na ano, parang nabo-boring ka na ba, at kailangan mo talaga i-pahinga 'yung katawan mob ago ka bumalik sa boxing."
The one-year sabbatical allowed Bautista to refresh himself physically, while at the same time giving him perspective.
Bautista watched as some of his stablemates in ALA Promotions reached greater heights while he was inactive, and he admitted that this made him feel envious and reignited his fire and hunger.
"Parang naiingit ako sa kanila, at mas naging gutom ako," said Bautista. "Gusto ko bumalik muli, kasi nakita ko sila na masaya sila. Gusto kong lumaban ulit para makasama ko ulit sila."
Bautista, who has a record of 34 wins and three losses, said his brief break from the sport has helped him mature and allowed him to rid himself of distractions that weighed him down in his previous fights.
"Noong hindi pa ako nagpahinga, parang naguguluhan ako," he admitted. "Ngayon, parang focused na talaga ako sa boxing."
Bautista will take on Mexican fighter Sergio "El Cuate" Villanueva in his return fight.