ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - The Philippines went 3-of-3 as Gerry Peñalosa, Jimrex Jaca and Michael Fareñas mauled their foreign counterparts in the “Golpe Golpe na Zamboanga: The Last Hurrah” at the Zamboanga City Coliseum here.
Reigning World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Pe-ñalosa gave Thailand’s Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee a strong right uppercut in the fourth round to complete his domination.
It was exactly the same way he did to Johnny Gonzales in 2007.
The 38-year-old Peñalosa, who has fought 64 times in his two-decade boxing career, improved his record to 54-8-2 highlighted by 36 knockouts.
The former two-division world champion Peñalosa dedicated this fight to Z “The Dream” Gorres whose boxing career ended after suffering brain damage.
Peñalosa promised to help Gorres in his medical expenses.
Right after the fight, Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya invited Peñalosa to another fight at Staples Center in December naming Mexican Abner Mares or Puerto Rican Eric Morel as his possible opponents.
On the other hand, Jaca and Fareñas also won technical knockouts.
Jaca (31-6-3 with 16 knockouts) made Korean Jong-Yoon Choi’s (6-1-0 with 2 knockouts) nose bleed profusely, forcing the referee to stop the fight during the sixth round while World Professional Boxing Federation featherweight champion Fareñas beat another Korean Jung-Hoon Kim only 1.30 seconds into the first round.
In the other undercard fights, Marvin Mabait of Zamboanga City beat Rodel Veronique of General Santos City (technical knockout) while Ren-Ren Ruiz from Peñalosa’s stable was unanimously declared winner against Jhon Ray Lausa.(Robbie Pangilinan - Manila Times Contributor)