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Bare-knuckle URCC clash slated

Action awaits the Universal Reality Combat Championship as the first ever bare-knuckle exhibition fight between Kenjhons “Mr. Mainit” and Map Soberano set on Thursday night is getting a little bit personal.

Kenjhons and Soberano are not just only there to entertain the crowd at the Xylo at the Palace in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig but they are determined to crush each other for pride and glory in URCC 80’s Bare Madness.

“I promise to show how I burn somebody like Map with my bare-knuckle flaming fists and people who do not see the value of life,” the 40-year-old Kenjhons, or Kenneth Serrano in real life, said.

“It’s going to be a bloodbath and I will use his own blood to wash my face,” Soberano said. “I’m hoping he (Mr. Mainit) won’t be running around for entertainment. It will be entertaining if he’ll go toe-to-toe with me.”

URCC Global chairman Arnold Vegafria and URCC founder Alvin Aguilar expect the bare-knuckle bout will definitely be an interesting fight for the Filipinos worldwide knowing how local fight fans really love the mano-y-mano fistfights without gloves.

“Filipinos do love combat sports very much and we’re expecting that the first ever bare-knuckle fistfight to be held on Thursday in the Philippines will be a blockbuster,” Vegafria said.

“This is going to be the first time here in Philippines although it’s already being held in the Europe and the US. So everyone is excited about this big event,” he added.

Aguilar, on the other hand, believes many Filipinos will excel in bare-knuckle boxing, adding that most Filipinos are known fighters and never back down in any challenges.

“Here is another avenue for our countrymen to excel: Bare-knuckle boxing. We have to prove to everybody that we Filipinos are the real boss when it comes to real fist, and we’ll show it in our first ever bare-knuckle fight in our country,” Aguilar said.

Aside the super fight between Mr. Mainit and Soberano, Kimbert Alintozon and JV Baldonasa will collide in bare-knuckle 125-pound category, while Elias Duran and Ronnel Esperas will fight in bare-knuckle 145-pound class.

Rocky Vergara will battle Marvin Dela Cruz in a 125-pound bare-knuckle bout.

Ruel Catalan will meet Edrion Macatangay in 125-pound MMA bout while Jayson Margallo will face Wilson Managuio in a 135-pound MMA bout and John Ornido will square off with Janedie Bernardo at 135-pound MMA battle.

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