Talented Filipino Boxers Should Be Handle By World-Class Trainers

noning antonioContributor INovember 23, 2008

The loss of another hot-prospect Filipino boxer in the U.S. territory last Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) signifies the needs of a more intensive training under world-class trainers, most probably the likes Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista, was boomed by Heriberto Ruiz of Mexico during a title fight for the Super Bantamweight on the undercard of Hatton vs. Malaggini, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Boxing observers saw technicalities in the corner of the Filipino boxer, particularly a cut man. Bautista bleeds the whole eight rounds after absorbing a cut over his right eye in the third round due to head butt, but his corner failed to stop the oozing of blood.

We did not even heard instructions from Bautista's Filipino coach Editho Villamor, on what to do or motivate his ward.

From what we saw, it's a clear indication that Filipino trainer or coach still lack the quality of being a world-class master. Local trainers, coaches are not yet ready to lead a fight outside their territory.

I think they should first need an exposure in the international scene by assisting foreign trainers who are mastered with credible credentials as professional trainers.

Like Buboy Fernadez, a long assistant coach of Freddie Roach for Manny Pacquiao, who has learned a lot from his mentor and in the near future has a wide chances of training Filipino world class athlete.

Fernandez' learning experience from Roach could help him become a top Filipino trainer because of the inputs he got from the legendary and two time trainer of the year.

Manny Pacquiao, was a one-dimensional fighter before he was handled discreetly by Roach. Before, he only had his jab straight, one-two combinations, and a lack of lateral movement.

But after several years under the wing of the legendary and sure Hall of Fame trainer, Pacquiao is now considered as complete fighter, a Pound-for-Pound king of boxing, and the only Asian boxer to capture five titles in different weight divisions.

In fairness with Bautista's trainer, he took big part on the career of the Filipino Bomber, moulding and nurturing his ward to become a top contender in the boxing industry but still lacks the experience in the leading his ward to a world title fights.

Bautista has suffered the same defeat of A.J. "Bazooka" Banal, Z Gorrez, all his stablemates and are handling by Coach Villamor. But who knows, in due time, Filipinos will have the likes of Roach and Mayweather.