Dream-chasing Caitom vows KO victory in WBF fight

REY Caitom is closing in on his dream of becoming a world champion as he fights for the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) minimumweight belt against one-time world title challenger ArAr Andales in the main event of Big Yellow Promotions’ “Fight Night 4” on Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu.

“I retired but there was something still missing. I didn’t have a belt. That’s the reason I returned to fighting. Now is my opportunity,” said Caitom.

Caitom was one of the ALA Gym’s fast-rising prospects but after just a year of fighting in the pro ranks he quit and became a coach. After leaving for Singapore to become a boxing trainer there, he decided to give boxing another try following a 12-year hiatus.

The 33-year-old Caitom won his last three fights, wherein the last two ended in knockouts. He is looking for his third straight knockout win.

“I won’t predict what round but when he gets hit by my punch then surely he’ll get knocked out,” said Caitom.

The 20-year-old Andales is unfazed by Caitom and is looking to bounce back from a two-fight losing slump.

“If that’s what he said, he has to back it up. This will be a good fight. I can’t say anything on what he’s going to do. I’m ready,” said Andales.

Andales once fought for a world title and lost to World Boxing Association minimumweight king Thamanoon Niymtrong by technical decision.

Caitom is 9-0-1 with four knockouts, while Andales is 10-2 with two knockouts.

Clyde Azarcon (16-3-1, 6 KOs) trades leathers with Mike Kinaadman (7-13-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBF Intercontinental minimumweight strap in the co-main feature.

In the undercard, Carlo Demecillo (14-5-1, 7 KOs) faces off with Anthony Galigao (9-14, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder; Elmo Traya (11-3, 8 KOs) will take on wily veteran Jhun Ryan Quimbo (7-18-2) in an eight-round fight; Elmer Naason (4-0, 3 KOs) takes on Ryan Maano (4-9-2, 1 KO); Jimpol Dignos (1-0, 1 KO) slugs it out with Cedie Noblefranca (0-4-1); Anthony Gilbuena squares off with Marvin Laping (0-2); Jusue Bastilada is fighting Carlos Agustin; and Maurino Agum (1-0, 1 KO) locks horns with Marjun Bato (0-1). (EKA)