Tonight at 10:00 PM on HBO, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Rey Bautista meet for the WBO junior featherwight title in the main event. Ponce De Leon attempts to defend Mexico's World Cup that they obtained last year when they kicked Thailand's ass. Golden Boy Promotions is involved, which suggests that Oscar is running out of unique ways to promote his fights. A World Cup should include, well, more than two countries. Nonetheless, I'm excited about the fight as the lighter weight classes tend to produce more action fights then other higher divisions. If this fight is anything like Marquez vs. Vasquez II from last week, we are all in for a treat.
Ponce De Leon comes into the fight with three succesful title defenses and a career record of (31-1 28 KOs). His oppotnent Bautsista, only 20 years old, boasts a record of (23-0 17 KOs). Bautista wants to prove he is one of the best up and coming "pound for pound" fighters in the world. His punching power in the lower divisions is only rivaled by Manny Pacquiao.
In fact, Pacquiao's 2003 fight with Marco Antonio Barrera started this Mexico vs. [Insert name of another country] World Cup battle. This year Mexico's foe happens to be the Phillipines. The fight between Ponce De Leon and Bautista is one of 7 fights on the card.
The undercards consist of:
Davao City’s Gabi (29-3-1, 21 KO’s) versus Mexico City’s Jose Angel Beranza (30-9-2, 25 KO’s)
Banal (13-0-1, 10 KO’s) of Ermita versus Eric Ortiz (26-6-1, 17 KO’s) of Mexico City
Domingo (27-16-3 11 KO’s) of Libac versus Mexican Miguel Roman (22-0 16 KO’s)
Batawang (50-6, 34 KO’s) of Cebu versus Mexico City boxer Gerardo Verde (15-4, 11 KO’s)
Gorres (26-2-1, 14 KOs) of Mandaue City versus Mexico City’s Gerson Guerrero (33-7 25 KO’s)
Gerry Penalosa (51-6-2, 34 KO’s) of Manila versus Jhonny Gonzalez (34-5, 29 KO’s) of Mexico City
The team that wins the most number of fights wins the $500,000 World Cup and will be awarded a specially-designed trophy made by IceLink. It will be aired on ABS-CBN on August 12, 2007.
I don't think Mexicans and Filipino's hate each other yet, but hey, this is a start. The winning country gets money and a trophy. Money always causes problems between counries, and when you throw in a trophy, war is soon to follow. I hope I did an adequate job of getting everyone pumped up for the fight night. If not check out this promotional video. I don't know what they are saying, but it seems pretty freakin intense.