Pinoy Pride XVII: AJ Banal to fight for WBO Belt

25 Jul

Cebu, City – Cebuano ring sensation AJ “Bazooka” Banal (27W-1L-1D, 20 KO’s) will gun for the vacant WBO world bantamweight title in his next fight.  The boxer from the famed ALA Promotions will be facing WBO No.2 ranked bantamweight Pungluang Sor Singyu (42W-1L, 27KOs) of Thailand on October 20 at the newly-built SM Mall of Asia Arena.  The fight will be the main event of the Pinoy Pride VII fight card presented by ALA Promotions.


Banal is on an 11-fight winning streak after his fateful loss to Rafael Concepcion 4 years ago.  He has since captured the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Title and has the defended the belt 4 times already since he annexed the title by beating Japan‘s Hayato Kimura 2 years ago.  Bazooka is now ranked No.1 bantamweight in the World Boxing Organization rankings after staying exclusively in the Philippines and feasting on some foreign foes.

The last time AJ Banal fought for a world title was in his loss to Concepcion at the Cebu Coliseum.   Banal got knocked out in the tenth round with him leading in the scorecards.  Many pundits felt that he along with other ALA boxers do not have the stamina to survive a grueling 12-round battle.

His opponent, Pungluang Sor Singyu is no stranger to Filipino pugilists as one third of his wins are against Filipino fighters.  Pungluang has beaten the likes of Eden Sonsona, Rey Migreno, and Marvin Tampus. His only career loss was against Belgian Stephane Jamoye in 2009. He is on a 19-fight winning streak while fighting exclusively in his country.

The title fight will surely be an exciting event as it is between two streaking fighters.


One Response to “Pinoy Pride XVII: AJ Banal to fight for WBO Belt”


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