Farenas faces Rios tonight-A A +A
Thursday, December 12, 2013
FOR another possible shot at a world crown, hard-hitting Michael Farenas has to get through Mexican fighter Jesus Rios tonight at the posh Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.
It was recently reported that Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum is considering Farenas as a possible challenger for World Boxing Organization (WBO) super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia. However, Farenas must be impressive against Rios.
The 29-year-old Rios, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecentro bantamweight champion, has an impressive slate of 26-4-1 with 20 knockouts but he hasn’t faced anybody at the top echelon of his divisions. He, however, has seen action but lost to promising prospects Rey Vargas, Manuel Roman and David “Tornado” Sanchez.
The 29-year-old Farenas has fought for a world title twice. He challenged for the WBA super featherweight belt of Takashi Uchiyama last year but the fight ended in a draw.
He fought for the interim WBA super featherweight belt later that year against Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa but lost by unanimous decision. But he made a name for himself after dropping Gamboa once.
Farenas is 36-4-4 with 28 knockouts and has won back-to-back fights this year.
There are also two other featured bouts in MAG Pacman Promotions inaugural boxing event dubbed “First Blood – Philippines vs. Mexico”.
Unbeaten Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. (11-0, 11 KOs), the son of two division world champion Dodie Peñalosa Jr., takes on Mexican upstart Alem Robles (6-3-2, 2 KOs); while Richard Pumicpic (13-5-2, 4 KOs) faces 18-year-old Mexican Luis Lugo (15-4-2, 11 KOs).
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 13, 2013.