Pinoy pride Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista stopped Mexican Genaro Garcia on the second round as he defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) International Featherweight title during the main event of Pinoy Pride XII at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on Saturday.
ALA Boxing Promotions however found out that Bautista's opponent, Garcia, was not supposed to fight the Pinoy champ. Genaro Garcia was the name on his passport, but he was not the three-time world title challenger they had hoped to match Bautista, but a trialhorse by the same name with a 10-11 poor record (all of his defeats were by knockout).
ALA Promotions heads Antonio and Michael Aldeguer were thinking of ways to make the most out of a bad situation, and made a drastic last minute decision, where they refunded the fans their money and hosted the entire event for free.
"After we went through this the last few days ... we felt the only thing we could do to give back to the Filipino fans and Boholanos was to make this free to the public," said Michael Aldeguer, who said that decision resulted in a "huge" financial loss. "The integrity of ALA was more important than anything. We felt that this was something that we owed to the public."
Michael Aldegeur said Bautista will be back in action on May 26 in Manila, possibly against the real Genaro Garcia. Their next show is scheduled for March 24 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, pitting AJ Banal (26-1-1, 19 KO) against Raul Hidalgo (16-5, 12 KO).
The wrong Garcia has a nickname "Panterita", while the boxer who should have fought Bautista has a nickname "Poblanito", who has 38 wins and 8 losses, including 22 KOs.
[Source: The Ring, Photo: Philboxing.com]