FORMER World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title challenger and WBO International featherweight champion Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista is making a comeback and will see action in an ALA Promotions fight card in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in March or April.
ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer revealed that Bautista, who was supposed to retire after his split-decision loss to Jose Ramirez in Davao last April 20, was coming back and the ALA Promotions leadership “had a long talk with him earlier in December and he wants to come back.”
Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that Bautista told him he wants to make a comeback as a junior lightweight.
“He feels that he’s more mature now,” said Aldeguer, who revealed they plan to bring him to the US to train there and “just bring him back to what he was before. I think he needed the time.”
The 27-year-old Bautista was among the more exciting fighters in the ALA stable and when he took a break after his loss to Ramirez, he had a record of 34-3 with 25 knockouts.
In that fight, Bautista was dropped in the very first round but fought back to deck Ramirez in the eighth round after which the Mexican was deducted a point by international referee Bruce McTavish after he elbowed Bautista in the ninth round and opened up a cut on his left cheek.
It was a furious give-and-take battle but in the end, two of the judges Salven Lagumbay and Atty. Danrex Tapdasan both scored the fight by identical 114-111 margins for Ramirez, while the third judge Edward Ligas had Bautista the winner by a similar 114-111 score.
The victory opened up a big opportunity for Ramirez, when he faced outstanding Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, who was making his professional debut after signing up with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. Lomachenko put on an impressive performance to win by a fourth-round knockout against a game Ramirez, who was counted out by referee Russel Mora with one second remaining in the round at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.