Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. is looking to display an impressive performance against Indonesian slugger Alex Buckie on the main event of the “Dugong Kampeon V” fight card on Saturday at the Mandaue Sports Complex.
Dodie Jr. is looking to get a fight in the United States as one of the undercards of the Manny Pacquiao – Timothy Bradley showdown, and an emphatic win on Saturday will give him what he is looking for.
“This is a big opportunity for me to be given a chance to fight in the United States in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s fight that’s why I will do my best to win impressively this Saturday night,” said Dodie Jr., who is undefeated in his first eight fights.
Former world champion and Dodie Boy’s promoter said that fighting the much-experienced Buckie will show whether his nephew is the real deal or not, but the younger Penalosa believes that he is ready to hurdle the toughest fight of his budding boxing career.
“I’m ready,” Dodie Boy declared during the fight press conference at the Cebu City Sports Complex. “I’m not expecting it to be an easy fight. I’m ready and I’m not underestimating him.”
According to Gerry Penalosa, if his nephew successfully dispatches Buckie, he will be looking for a regional title shot next year and he will also be sending Dodie Boy to Baguio to train with Pacquiao and Freddie Roach to keep him in fight shape.
Meanwhile, aside from Dodie Boy Jr, another Filipino fighter is looking to make a huge impact before flying to US to take the next level of his boxing career.
Michael Farenas, who will start campaigning in the US after getting the attention of Golden Boy Promotion, will be taking Jason Egera on the undercard of Penalosa-Buckie showdown.
According to Gerry Penalosa, the hard-hitting Farenas is ready to fight in the US, but a win against a tough opponent like Egera will further boost his chances of getting a big fight soon.
“He must not take any chances against Egera because Egera is also hungry,” Gerry said. “He must show his worth because Golden Boy is interested in him.”
The 27-year-old Farenas is looking to improve his 33-3-3 (26 KO) record.