MANILA, Philippines – Filipino bantamweight prospect Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco sympathizes with countryman AJ “Bazooka” Banal for his loss to Thai fighter Pungluang Sor Singyu last weekend.
In an interview with Dennis Guillermo of Examiner, Francisco, who has a record of 23 wins, oe loss and one draw, said it was “unfortunate” that Banal lost to Sor Singyu.
The more fancied Banal lost via a ninth-round technical knockout to Thai, failing to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization bantamweight crown in the process.
Francisco believes Banal made mistakes early in the bout that led to the knockout.
“AJ’s problem was when he wasted a lot of energy bending with his knees and did unnecessary motions,” he explained.
“It’s hard if you’re trying to lift your opponent from the bottom without really having a punch behind it. Your knees and legs will give out eventually,” Francisco added.
Though he feels sorry for Banal, Francisco could not help but feel that he matches up better against Sor Singyu.
“I studied the Thai’s movements and said to myself that he is suited for my style. He’s slow. He moves slow, he punches slow,” Francisco said. “If you really look at his punches, they were just ‘Hail Mary’ punches that he was hoping to get luck with and land.”
Francisco is currently at the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, where he is preparing for a November 17 bout against a yet to be named opponent. If Francisco wins, he may end up getting a shot at the IBF title.