Dubai: Local newspapers trying to cover ‘Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai’ were in for a rude shock after being told there was no allocated seating for media.

The Gulf News reporter and photographer were informed by one of the local organisers, Rex Yadao, that the entry band on their wrists enabled them to only stand and watch. The photographer, however, could go ring-side and take pictures, but there was no reserved seating for either.

Michael Aldeguer, President and CEO, ALA International, the promoters of Pinoy Pride, came to the rescue and issued two VIP seating passes for the reporter and photographer covering the fights.

When contacted after the fight, Aldeguer was apologetic: “I am extremely sorry for what has happened. Hopefully, things will get better next time,” he said.

Friday’s Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai was the ABS-CBN-backed franchise’s debut in Dubai with two title fights and an elimination bout featuring Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista for a possible swing at the WBO Junior Lightweight Championship.