One foreign pug fails weigh-in
MANILA, Philippines -- The excitement was high for the official weigh-ins for Pinoy Pride XVII at the Mall of Asia on Friday.
Michael Domingo weighed in at 120 pounds, while his Ugandan opponent came in two pounds lighter at 118.
Fans enjoyed as Mudde Ntambe Rabison hammed it up during his face-off with the Filipino.
Jason Pagara came in at 140 pounds, same as his opponent from Barbados, Miguel Antoine.
Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista tipped the scales at 126 pounds, but his Mexican opponent, Daniel Ruiz was 3 pounds over the featherweight limit.
Thailand's Pungluang Sor Singyu also came 1 pound over the bantamweight limit, while AJ Banal had no problem making 118 pounds.
Ruiz and Sor Singyu were given two hours to shed off the excess weight.
The Thai boxer successfully made it to 118 pounds.
Both Banal and Sor Singyu predict a knockout win for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight belt.
It was another story for Ruiz, who failed to make the 126- pound limit.
The fight will still go on, but the Mexican is no longer qualified for the WBO international featherweight title.
“Ruiz can participate in the 12-round championship, but if he wins and could not make the weight then the title won't be given to him,” said Leon Panoncillo, WBO Vice President.
Fellow ALA boxers wished their Filipino stablemates luck in their coming fights.
“Mananalo silang lahat [na mga Pinoy],” said WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes.
“AJ, good luck sa fight, sana makuha mo ito,” said retired boxer Z Gorres. “Boom Boom, good luck!”
The Pinoy fighters are hoping to make it a clean sweep for the Philippines.
Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippine vs the World takes place on Saturday at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena.
ABS-CBN Channel 2 will telecast the fight card on Sunday, starting 10:15 a.m.