Trench Tech’s Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez is leaving for the Philippines this Thursday to compete in the PXC 41 at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.
Alvarez will be facing the Philippines and Grapplers MMA’s Rodel “Kid” Orais in a bantamweight bout and is favored in the 135-lb fight card record-wise. Alvarez holds an impressive 9-1 win-loss record, prevailing in his pro debut in August this year after a split decision over Guam’s Tony “Rush” Reyes in PXC 38. The 19-year-old Saipan fighter, who absorbed his lone loss at the hands of Guam’s Robert Wusstig during Trench Warz 15 in 2011, also holds four wins via TKOs and two via submissions.
Orais has fewer fights than Alvarez, having seen action in only three MMA bouts. He started in boxing before switching to MMA in 2009 and winning his debut at the Fearless Fighting Challenge 9. The 34-year-old Orais knocked out (string of punches) Joel Amurao at the 53-second mark of the second round. Alvarez’s challenger went on to post a 2-0 record after earning a submission victory (punches) in the first round over Jilmar Tangayan in URCC 20 in 2011. The Koronadal City, Mindanao native’s recent fight was in February last year in URCC Baguio 4: Battleground and he lost that bout against Rey Docyogen, who won via submission (Kimura) at the 4:56 mark of the first round.
“I did not know much about my opponent, but I am prepared for whatever comes my way during the fight night. I’ve been training for the past two months since my pro debut win in Guam,” Alvarez said.
Cuki Alvarez, Shane’s father echoed his son’s thoughts, saying “Pikaboo” is in good shape and ready to go all out against Orais.
“We prepared him for all the scenarios. If it will be a long ground game he is ready. If it’s going to be a stand-up fight he is also all set. We are aiming for an early finish, that’s every fighter’s goal. However, you can’t tell what’s going to happen on fight night, so Shane has to be ready for everything,” the older Alvarez said.
This includes the “hometown crowd” factor, but Shane is looking to turn this “disadvantage” to his favor.
“I will go out there and put on a good fight early. I will show them my skills. Hopefully, they will like what they see in me and I get to gain fans in the Philippines,” said Shane, who was supposed to compete in his second PXC pro fight late last month.
The Marianas High School alumnus was initially paired against a Korean fighter in PXC 40 that took place on Oct. 25, however his foe did not make it to Guam due to immigration issues. With his second fight in PXC cancelled, organizers opted to enter him in the PXC 41 fight card.
“It was a bit of a short notice, but I don’t mind because I was really preparing for the October fight and when my bout against a Korean fighter was called off, all I need to do is extend my training for a few more weeks,” Shane said.
Cuki Alvarez agreed, saying the cancellation of the October fight will not affect Shane’s conditioning.
“Right now, he is at 140 lbs and peaking right. He’s training well, has no injury, and is on a right diet so by the time the weigh-in comes, he will be in perfect shape. He is lighter, but faster and has more power,” said Cuki, who noted that Shane started fighting at 160 lbs before tipping the scales at 135 lbs during his pro debut.
“He lost weigh gradually, using the Paleo diet. We did it right, so going down the weight class (bantamweight) will not be a problem,” the Trench Tech president and trainer said.
The Paleo diet, according to Wikipedia, is short for Paleolithic diet or more commonly known as the “caveman diet.” An individual undergoing “Paleolithic diet” eats mainly fish, grass-fed, pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and passes on grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.