Farenas scores impressive win

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


MICHAEL Farenas got a much needed boost in his career after an impressive victory yesterday.

Farenas positioned himself for another shot at a world title with an eighth round technical knockout over erstwhile unbeaten Mark Davis at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

The 30-year-old battle-scarred veteran outmuscled Davis the whole fight. He cut Davis on the right eye with a punch in the opening round, Farenas continued to soften up Davis and wobbled him in the fifth and sixth rounds.

Davis managed to stay alive in the seventh, however, he had no escape from Farenas’s heavy hands. Davis was sent to the corner, fighting for dear life, before referee Steve Smoger intervened and stopped the fight in the 59 second mark.

Farenas now earns the No. 2 spot of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight division after winning the title eliminator. He improved to 39-4-4 with 31 knockouts.

Davis suffered his first career defeat and dropped to 18-1 with five knockouts.

Farenas awaits the winner of the IBF super featherweight title fight between current titleholder Argenis Mendez and unbeaten challenger Rances Barthelemy on July 10.

Farenas already has two title attempts, both in 2012. He first challenged World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight king Takashi Uchiyama with the fight ending in a technical draw in Japan. A few months after that, he took on Cuban star Yuriorkis Gamboa and lost by unanimous decision.

With another title shot looming, this is Farenas’ perfect opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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