Peñalosa guns for International Boxing Organization flyweight strap

PROMISING young prospect Carlo Peñalosa gets his breakthrough fight as he takes on experienced Mexican Maximino Flores for the vacant International Boxing Organization flyweight strap on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the ESPN 5 Studio in Novaliches.

“This is a 50-50 fight. Carlo has talent but lacks the experience. Flores, on the other hand, is very experienced,” Peñalosa’s uncle and promoter Gerry Peñalosa told SunStar Cebu.

After his first career defeat in 2017, Peñalosa won his last seven fights. He is fresh from a third round knockout of Thai Watana Phenbaan.

Flores, on the other hand, should be a stiff test for Peñalosa. He has fought the likes of former world champion Milan Melindo, one-time world title challenger Gilberto Parra and ex-Olympian Andrew Selby.

Peñalosa is 14-1 with seven knockouts, while Flores is 24-4-1 with 17 knockouts.

Unbeaten Cebuano April Jay Abne (3-0, 1 KO) takes on Ronel Sumalpong (8-1-1, 5 KOs) in a eight-round fight in flyweight finals of the UBS.

Meanwhile, Aljum Pelesio (9-0, 5 KOs) trades leather with 19-year-old Lienard Sarcon (6-0, 2 KOs) in a eight-rounder in the UBS bantamweight finals.

On the other hand, Ken Jordan (7-1-2, 6 KOs) squares off with Macrea Gandionco (13-8-3, 8 KOs) for the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) super bantamweight crown, while Cebuano Bryan James Wild (2-0, 2 KOs) is up against Kresler Tenorio (1-3) and Luis Borje (3-0-1, 1 KO) locks horns with John Mark Tihuk (2-1-2, 1 KO). (EKA)


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