Filipino bantamweight Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw has a date with destiny this coming December 27 as he looks to close out his 2019 campaign on a high note.
Pacatiw will face former Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight World Title challenger Felipe Efrain of Brazil in a three-round bantamweight showdown at BRAVE CF 33, which takes place at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Coming from a tough loss in the hands of Ali “The Royal Fighter” Al Qaisi of Jordan at BRAVE CF 29 in Bahrain last month, Pacatiw is fired up on bouncing back and testing his upgraded skills against one of the best in the division.
But more than that, the 23-year-old Baguio City native would like to show that he is currently at his best form.
“I’m very happy about this new opportunity that Brave has given me. I want to show everyone the improvements in my game from my last fight. I’m very eager to bounce back strong and solidify my spot on the rankings,” said Pacatiw.
“It’s very important for me to win this next assignment in Saudi Arabia because everyone in the division is already starting to make their moves to climb up the rankings. I don’t have any plans of losing two straight so it’s very crucial for me to win this match,” he added.
Training non-stop since his last bout, Pacatiw shared that he focused more on improving his overall skillset which was tested to its limits when he fought Al Qaisi.
From his conditioning, grappling and his striking, the Team Lakay representative has upgraded his game in his quest of returning to the winning lane.
“I worked every aspect of my game for the past month. I doubled my effort inside the gym knowing that I’ll be facing tough challenges ahead,” Pacatiw shared.
“Despite losing against Al Qaisi, overall, I’m still happy with my performance in Bahrain. That fight gave me tons of ideas on the things I need to improve,” he added.
Despite Pacatiw’s intentions and motivations to win are already set, it won’t change the fact that he will still be facing a dangerous Brazilian who has scored 11 out of his 13 wins via stoppages.
But for Pacatiw, regardless of Efrain’s impressive stoppage ratio, he is unfazed and would gladly to test his might against his Brazilian counterpart.
“Efrain is a former World Title challenger and is one of the best in the division. I have big respect for him and to his game,” Pacatiw said.
“I’ve seen his previous bouts and it’s very obvious that he has a good striking game. He is an aggressive fighter who loves to move forward. That’s why I believe that this will be an interesting match this coming Friday.”
Despite the tough challenge waiting for him, “The Juggernaut” promises to be prepared as he looks to end his 2019 on a positive note.
“As I’ve always said, there’s no secret to success. Perseverance, determination and focus, those are the things that I need to have against Efrain. I’m all set and ready for this big match and will do my best to end the year with a win.”