MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino fighters will cross paths once more as Ernesto Montilla Jr. is set to face Jenel Lausa in a rematch on the PXC 48 undercard on June 13 with another shot at the Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) flyweight title at stake.
Both men first met in November 2013 at PXC 41, where Montilla walked away with a unanimous decision victory.
Montilla (5-3) fought for the vacant PXC flyweight belt at last November’s PXC 46, but he succumbed to Alvin Cacdac by a third-round rear-naked choke.
Prior to his disappointing setback to Cacdac, Montilla inserted his name into the flyweight title lottery by submitting former champion Ale Cali with a first-round armbar in March 2014.
On the other hand, Lausa (4-2) has claimed two-straight impressive triumphs in 2014, outpointing Venson Delopere in March before forcing Dean Bermudez tap with a guillotine choke eight months later.
Lausa was also seen inside a boxing ring on four occasions to keep busy, winning his last three fights by stoppage.
The winner of the aforementioned three-round flyweight showdown could be the next contender for the 125-pound division’s top prize.
PXC 48, which takes place at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, is headlined by two championship clashes at the lower weight classes.
Team Lakay’s Crisanto Pitpitunge challenges Cacdac for the PXC flyweight belt, while Rolando Gabriel Dy meets bantamweight titleholder Kyle Aguon in a second encounter.
PXC officials are expected to announce more bouts for its 14th Philippine fight card in the coming days.