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Cebu City, Philippines – Michael Farenas (32-3-3, 26 KOs) wants to fight former WBO featherweight king Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1-0).
Revenge for his mentor and promoter Gerry Penalosa would be a good enough reason, and a worthy enough cause. A nice paycheck is always a nice incentive. But for all the reasons in the world, all Farenas wants is a chance to prove that he belongs up there with the best in the 126 division.
Set to fight Aljoe Jaro stable journeyman Edgar Gabejan (22-25-4, 6 KOs) at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City here in the Queen City of the South, the 27-year-old veteran Farenas expressed to me his desire to go up and challenge some of the best fighters in his division.
“If it were up to me, I want to fight for a world title against the best at 126 soon,” Farenas told me after weighing in at a cut 126 during the official weigh-ins for the Dugong Kampeon fight card conducted at the Games and Amusement Board offices in Cebu City Friday afternoon.
“I preferably want to fight JuanMa Lopez. I like the way he fights; he comes forward and likes to throw punches and stands upright,” Farenas continued.
Word is, an impressive performance from Farenas against Gabejan will open doors to bigger fights, possibly a world title fight in 2012, and a spot in the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez 3 in Las Vegas on November.
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Guided by the 2-division world champ and Philippine boxing legend Penalosa himself and trained by his brother Dodie Boy, Farenas has churned out an impressive 5-fight winning streak against formidable opponents like Daniel Attah whom he beat at the Morongo Casino is Cabazon, California last May. “It’s up to my managers, and I think they want to build be up slowly, but I am ready for anyone they put in front of me,” said Farenas. Farenas’ fight with Gabejan is scheduled for 12 rounds.
Incidentally, Lopez is also fighting Saturday night in Puerto Rico against Mike Oliver (25-2-0, 8 KOs) for the Latino featherweight belt in his first fight after losing to Orlando Salido by TKO last April.
– DG – (www.dSourceBoxing.com)
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Filipino Sports Examiner Dennis ‘dSource’ Guillermo is a freelance sports writer. You can find his articles on TV 5’s Interaksyon.com, BoxingScene.com, The SunStar newspaper in the Philippines and SportsManila.net.
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