TEAM Mexico has travelled halfway across the world to the Philippines with one thing in mind— to shame the Filipinos in their own turf.
“On Saturday night, the Mexicans will surprise the Filipinos,” said Mexican trainer Herminio Ramirez Vega in a press conference yesterday at the Maya Mexican Restaurant.
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“Filipinos are good fighters but the Mexicans will win,” 34-year-old Mexican veteran Gerson Guerrero said confidently.
Team Mexico, which is composed of former world title challengers Francisco Rosas and Guerrero and promising prospect Rosbel Montoya, will clash with world-rated Milan Melindo, 19-year-old sensation Jason Pagara and unbeaten Genesis Servania of Team Philippines in ALA Promotions’ “Pinoy Pride 8–Philippines vs. Mexico” this Saturday night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
The 31-year-old Rosas, who has fought some of the best in the world, including two fights against unbeaten World Boxing Association light flyweight king Roman Gonzalez, promised to give Melindo a world of hurt in their 12-round title fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental flyweight crown in the main event.
“I know nothing about Melindo. I’ll find out about his style during the fight. I promise a great fight,” he said. “I never get hurt in my fights. I’m going to hurt Melindo.”
Rosas’ record speaks for itself as he is 22-8-2 with 13 knockouts but only got knocked out once in his career and that was in the hands of Gonzalez, one of the hardest hitters in his division.
“I always train hard. I’m here to give him a great fight. If a knockout comes, it comes.”
Pagara may be in for a surprise inhis WBO Asia-Pacific Youth light welterweight title defense against Montoya because the 26-year-old Mexican is tougher than he looks.
Montoya was earlier reported to have a record of 12-2-1 with 11 knockouts, but in fact his true professional slate is an impressive 34-4-1 with 29 knockouts.
“I’m going to come out strong and show Pagara how strong I am,” he said.
Although Guerrero has an age disadvantage against Servania, who is just 20, he is still optimistic that experience will overcome youth.
“I know Servania is young and fast but I came here prepared. I have a lot of experience and I’m ready to show Servania a good boxing lesson.”