MANILA, Philippines – Michael Farenas, a protégé of retired boxing technician Gerry Penalosa, is set for a junior lightweight bout against undefeated American fighter Mark Davis on July 2.
Farenas is currently training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for the fight described as an IBF junior lightweight eliminator for the number two spot.
Penalosa told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that the bout will serve as Farenas's stepping stone towards a world title shot.
“[The bout] should be a great fight and Farenas wants to win," said Penalosa. “[Farenas]hits hard and is hungry. He waited so long for recognition and wants to become a world champion."
Farenas is best known for his near upset against former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2012. He dropped the Cuban superstar in that bout before losing on points.
Against Davis, Farenas will be having an advantage in experience as he is already a veteran of 38 wins with four defeats and four draws. Davis, on the other hand, remains unbeaten in 18 fights.
Farenas also enjoys a higher IBF ranking (No. 4) than Davis Davis (No. 11).
The Farenas-Davis bout is included in a card slated at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.