Penalosa Lands a Number 2 Spot in The WBO Rankings

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The WBO has kept its promise and rated former bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa at No.2 in its latest May rankings.

Interim titleholder Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KO’s) has been elevated to fully-fledged champion after Penalosa was stripped of the title when he entered the ring against super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico last April 25.

Penalosa put up a gallant fight but Lopez was too big, too strong and too young for the 36 year old Filipino southpaw who took everything that the hard-hitting Lopez threw at him but never went down and was congratulated by WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel for his gallant effort.

Valcarcel promised Penalosa to rate him high and told him he deserved another crack at the 118 pound title. WBO Asia-Pacific regional head Leon Panoncillo assured us that Penalosa would be high up in the rankings. And he is.

As things stand Montiel will defend the title against former WBA flyweight champion and IBA super flyweight champion Eric “Little Hands of Stone” Morel (41-2, 21 KO’s)  of Puerto Rico in Atlantic City on June 27.

Penalosa has said he would like to meet the winner of the Montiel-Morel title fight. However, Mark Vester of Boxing Scene reported that Montiel has said he wants a unification title fight against WBA,IBF and WBC champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by -Hyperion- on 05-18-2009

if montiel gets past morel, he should be scared.....penalosa is a stylistic nightmare for him....

Comment by Chups on 05-18-2009

[QUOTE=miron_lang;5310646]You should even condemn WBO for stripping Penalosa. Kelly Pavlik went on to get schooled by Hopkins @170. but Kelly is still the WBC and WBO Middleweight champion. If anything Penalosa is still the WBO Bantamweight champion.[/QUOTE] These dumbasses already…

Comment by GJaime99 on 05-18-2009

All the respect in the world for Gerry, dudes got the heart of a lion, and an iron chin... sadly he's got no skills and is well past his prime...

Comment by pao_bass on 05-18-2009

not to mention juanma threw everything save for the kitchen sink but Penalosa would simply just not go down...

Comment by giacomino on 05-18-2009

All props to Gerry for fight he put up against Juanma, but he wasn't stripped by the WBO for fighting at 122. He was stripped because he wouldn't defend the bantamweight title. He defended it once in more than a…

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