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Former two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa, head of the GerryPens Promotions, told this writer that his ward, hard-punching Michael Farenas (31-3-3, 26 KOs) is ready and roaring for his showdown with Fernando Beltran (35-5-1, 19 KOs).  Farenas and Beltran will figure in the undercard of Brian Viloria-Julio Cesar Miranda WBO flyweight title scrap this Saturday at the Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Michael is ready, in top condition,” Penalosa said. “His weight is okay so there’s no problem.”

Asked for a prediction, Penalosa simply said that “Farenas will win, but this will be a hard fight fir him.”

Beltran is a former world champion who has never been stopped and has faced topnotch champions like Steve Molitor of Canada and Joan Guzman.

Last night at Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Ray Las Pinas (12-4-4, 7 KOs) pummeled Donriel Marcos (9-12, 1 KO) out in the seventh canto en route to successfully defending his Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) bantamweight crown for the first time. Las Pinas nailed Marcos in the third round as well but not before tasting the canvas first. Marcos managed to land an overhand right in the first round, dropping Las Pinas.

Randy “Razor” Petalcorin’s (13-1, 12 KOs) supposed first bout overseas, in Australia to be specific, was shot down when chances of securing his passport on time became nil. According to manager Jim Manangquil, their camp did everything they can but with the DFA’s (Department of Foreign Affairs) current upgrade and maintenance schedules, it seemed Petalcorin’s passport will be released a lot later than August.

Petalcorin is now scheduled to fight in Cebu City next month against durable journeyman Michael Rodriguez (12-29, 3 KOs) for the PABA light flyweight championship. In 29 losses, Rodriguez was only stopped once.

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.