When you hear the name Peñalosa, you think of former Filipino boxing champions and industry legends Dodie Boy Peñalosa Sr. and Gerry “Fearless” Peñalosa. But a new breed of young warriors from the famous fighting family are making a name for themselves in the local and international fight scene.
Tomorrow evening, Saturday, September 3, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, unbeaten flyweight Carlo Caesar Peñalosa (5-0, 1KO’s) and super bantamweight Dave Peñalosa (11-0, 8KO’s) will each stake their perfect record against separate opponents.
Carlo is set to take on Ernie Mino Jr. (4-6-2, 0KO’s) while Dave will go head-to-head with veteran journeyman fighter Edison Berwela (13-34-8, 3KO’s).
The event is promoted by Gerry Peñalosa and features various bouts showcasing local boxing talent from the grassroots.
The 25-year old Dave, who headlines the card, is the son of the legendary Dodie Boy Sr. His last three bouts have ended in scintillating knockouts and has earned him a reputation of a spectacular finisher.
Carlo, Dave’s cousin, is two years younger at 23 and is equally as talented.
Speaking to former two-division world champion Gerry Peñalosa, Mr. “Fearless” had nothing but praise for his two young nephews, and harped on their potential as world-beaters especially Carlo who is on the brink of becoming a breakout star.
“A few more wins and a regional championship will hopefully make [Carlo] world-ranked,” said Gerry.
The third Peñalosa prospect, Dodie Boy Jr., has competed in the United States in his last six bouts and is also undefeated at 19 wins which includes 15 knockouts.
During his stint in the squared circle, Gerry amassed a 55-8-2 record which includes 37 knockouts. He won world titles at super flyweight and bantamweight. His last fight was a fourth round knockout of Thai fighter Anan Saeauy in 2010. –By Carlos Miguel Cinco
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