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Farenas Confident, Ready To Shock Yuriorkis Gamboa

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Former two division world champion Gerry Penalosa is confident that his protégé, southpaw Michael Farenas is ready to shock undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa when they clash for the WBA interim-super featherweight title on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 8.

In an overseas telephone conversation with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard on the eve of their departure for Las Vegas, Penalosa said Farenas has “trained really well, he’s in very good condition and is quietly confident of stunning” the fancied Gamboa.

Penalosa said Farenas, nicknamed “Hammer Fist” with a record of 34-3-4 with 26 knockouts has had some tough sparring with Pacquiao’s  former sparring partner world-rated Russian Ruslan Providknov, a junior welterweight with an impressive record of 22-1 with 15 knockouts and another former Pacquiao sparring partner Speedy Gonzales.

The one thing going for Farenas is that Gamboa hasn’t fought over the last one year and three months and is bound to feel the effects of the long layoff.

His last fight was an 8th round technical decision over former world  champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico who had a nasty laceration  on his forehead after an accidental clash of heads and they had to go to the judges scorecards on September 10, 2011.

Farenas who has had a string of wins in the US is coming off a 3rd round technical draw in a WBA super featherweight title fight against Japan’s rugged Takashi Uchiyama on July 16 this year.

The southpaw’s only setback  in the US was an 8th round unanimous decision loss against Marlon Aguilar of Nicaragua on May 8, 2010.

Farenas  has racked up 7 wins and 1 technical draw in since then and has vowed “to do everything he needs to win.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 12-03-2012

To paraphrase Mike Tyson (via Jack Dempsey): "Everybody's confident...until they get hit." The question isn't whether Gamboa will win, it'll be how. Yuri's timing will probably be off after such a long layoff. I'm very curious to see how he…

Comment by mathed on 12-03-2012

I hope Gamboa starches him in 2 rounds. I'm actually looking forward to the under cards, Fortuna and Gamboa are going to provide some good fireworks in this one.

Comment by KING MEAT on 12-03-2012

this fight is gonna end in 2.. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by Corelone on 12-03-2012

His chances are slim and none, and slim's out of town. Farenas might catch him early with a lucky punch, that's what he's counting on, but after Gamboa shakes the rust, Yuri will end it one way or another.

Comment by AnKhang on 12-03-2012

Not going to happen. There will be no upset.

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