DAVE PENALOSA CAPTURES WBO ORIENTAL FEATHERWEIGHT CROWN

Dave "The Hunter" Penalosa

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By Tonton Alcos Antogop

QUEZON CITY- Showing the stuff that he is made of from the Penalosa boxing pedigree, Dave “The Hunter” Penalosa is now the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental featherweight champion. The Cebuano southpaw decked Mexican Carlos Cardenas thrice in the canvass in the 4th round prompting referee Atty. Danrex Tapdasan to stop the fight in the 2:47 mark before the jam packed Skydome at the SM North EDSA Saturday night here. Cardenas (19-7-1, 15KOs) hit the canvass the third time after Penalosa (15-0, 11 KOs) delivered body shots to the taller Mexican who stands at 5’9 whom the 5’6 WBO regional boxing titlist hit with a power shot to the chin that kneeled down the foreigner first.

The second was a body shot then the third came prompting Tapdasan to stop the fight and declared a Technical Knock Out (TKO). The unblemished Penalosa who earlier had to lose excess weight in the pre-fight weigh in brought him in best position to be the next Filipino world boxing champion as his uncle, Gerry Penalosa, the fight promoter and two-time world champion, like his father, Dodie Boy, immediately called out WBO featherweight king, Oscar Valdez, to face his nephew. “I am calling on Oscar Valdez, let’s bring him to Manila, ” Gerry, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GerryPens Promotions, Inc. declared in a post fight interview atop the ring.

Before the fight, Dave was forced to lose weight as he was two pounds heavier of the 126 lbs. limit. Dave however told Newsph.org that he was not affected by the lose in weight as he immediately rehydrated after the weigh in. Asked if he is ready for Valdez, Dave said that he will prepare in the training for it once the Valdez camp willaccept the offer. “Mu-ensayo gyud ko. Andam ko niya, basta ug kinsa ang makuha sa akong promoter (I will really train. I am ready for him, whoever my promoter will get), Dave, 28, said. Dodie Boy worked the corner for Dave along with brother Jonathan.

Mary Anne, his wife, flew in from Cebu to watch their son at ringside. In the main undercard, former two-time world champion Johnriel Casimero showed that he is still on the top of his game after the corner of the bloodied Japanese Kenya Yamashito threw in the towel in the 47th seconds of the sixth round of the scheduled 10 rounder. Casimero (26-4, 17KO’s) was visibly more superb than the gutsy Yamashito whose nose was already bleeding in the previous round after the former IBF junior flyweight and flyweight king peppered him with blows that included a well executed uppercut targeting the nose of the visitor.

Dave’s cousin, Carlo Cesar Penalosa (14-1, 7KO’s) also punished Wataba Phenbaan of Thailand with thunderous shots capped with a right hook to the abdomen that sent the Thai laying on his back in the canvass prompting referee Sammy Bernabe to counthim out in the sixth round. The heralded Carl Jamees ” Wonder Boy” Martin (12-0, 11KO’s) of Ifugao lived up to his billing by overpowering another Thai boxer Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-3, 8 KOs) after the Thailander did not got up on his seat at the start of the fourth round. Towards the end of the 1st round, the Thai already had his first knockdown followed by another in the 3rd. The promising 19-year old Ifugao gladiator who now fights out of the Penalosa boxing stable was coached by his father Abel, a Cebuano, who transferred residence in the Mountain Province after his marriage.

A supposed Games and Amusement Board (GAB) super lightweight championship between Jheritz Chavez and Junar Adante was cancelled due to a technical concern according to GAB Chairman Abraham Khalil ” Baham” Mitra who was around. Mark Tihuk of Quezon City won against Ruben Traza of Subic in the preliminary while Jenel Lausa of Mandaluyong scored a victory versus Rolly Llino of Taguig City. WBO Vice President for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo supervised the Penalosa- Cardenas bout. GAB Commissioners Ed Trinidad and Mar Masanguid and boxing division and contact sports chief Dioscoro Bautista were also present.

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