Mark Bernaldez is planning to duplicate the success of countryman Mike Plania when the lightweight boxer steps in the ring Thursday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Friday, Manila time).
But it will be a tall order for Bernaldez, as he faces unbeaten 6-footer Albert Bell in a 10-round clash.
But Sanman Promotions head JC Manangquil assured that Bernaldez will be ready against the towering American.
"Entering this fight Mark is an underdog, like Plania," said Manangquil.
"Mayroon siyang 6 weeks for this . . . He trained really hard for this. He's in very good shape and very prepared."
Bernaldez has a record of 20-3 with 14 knockouts. He wants to become the third Filipino fighter to win since boxing was resurrected. The first 2 were Plania and Reymond Yanong.
He weighed in at 132 pounds on Thursday, while Bell stepped in at 133.
Despite the 6-inch height disadvantage against Bell, Manangquil said Team Bernaldez has a game plan to negate Bell's longer reach.
"I expect Mark to be very competitive and could even pull off an upset," he said.
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