Veteran boxer Gerry Peñalosa failed in his bid to win a third world title after suffering a defeat in the hands of unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Juan Manuel Lopez at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Peñalosa fought gallantly for nine rounds but was outpunched by the younger Puerto Rican champion.
A report posted on FightNews.com said Peñalosa’s trainer Freddie Roach decided to stop the fight between rounds nine and ten, thereby handing a technical knockout victory to Lopez.
Peñalosa, who is known for his technical skills, tried evading Lopez’s aggressiveness by rolling with the punches. The Puerto Rican, however, was too powerful for the Filipino lefty.
It was Peñalosa’s second attempt at the WBO super bantamweight title since losing a controversial match to Daniel Ponce de Leon in 2007.
With his latest victory, Lopez improved his record to 25 wins with no loss.
Peñalosa, who held the WBC super flyweight title and is the reigning WBO bantamweight champion, suffered his seventh defeat against 54 wins.