'The Hammer Fist' earns IBF title shot
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino boxer Michael Farenas pummeled erstwhile unbeaten Mark "Too Sharp" Davis to an eight-round stoppage to clinch a shot at the IBF junior lightweight crown on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
Farenas' experience and punching power were just too much for Davis to take as the Filipino's stinging left hands opened a cut on Davis' left eye in the first round.
"The Hammer First" hurt Davis in the fifth and the sixth rounds, but the end came in the eighth stanza when Farenas' booming left straight had Davis staggering back to the corner.
To save Davis from further damage, referee Steve Smoger immediately stopped the fight 59 seconds remaining in Round 8.
“First round pa lang, naramdaman ko na, naramdaman ko suntok niya, na kaya ko, kaya ko siya. Pinagsikapan ko talaga, first round pa lang, pinasok ko, pinasok ko. Gusto kong manalo at gusto kong makalaban ng world championship uli,” Farenas said in an interview with Philboxing’s Rich Mazon.
The bout, which took place at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, was featured by ESPN.
With the win, Farenas lined himself up for the winner of the Argenis Mendez-Rances Barthelemy IBF junior lightweight title fight this July 10.
The 30-year-old admitted that the bout was a “make-or-break” fight for him.
“Importante talaga ito, kasi sabi ko nga dati, baka huling baraha ko na. Sana sa susunod ay world championship uli. Sana manalo na tayo sa pinapangarap nating belt,” said Farenas.
Farenas now has 39 victories, 31 coming by way of stoppages, while Davis fell to his first defeat in 19 fights.