FILIPINO Michael Farenas will fight Mexican Hector Velasquez today for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council super featherweight belt at The Arena in San Juan City.
Farenas (37-4-4 win-loss-draw card with 29 knockouts), who beat Jesus Rios of Mexico last year, said he’s aiming for a knockout against Velazquez (56-20-3 slate with 38 KOs), a former opponent of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m ready to fight and I will do my best to knock him out but I’m pretty sure that he will be a tough nut to crack since Velasquez is a quality opponent,” said Farenas.
The Mexican pug fought Pacquiao back in 2005 at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California and absorbed a technical knockout loss from the Filipino ring icon in round six.
Gerry Peñalosa, a former world champion, who currently manages Farenas, believes that the Sorsogon native boxer has improved a lot since the night he defeated Rios last year.
“I’m optimistic Farenas will score a convincing win on Friday,” said Peñalosa. “But I keep reminding him to be cautious.”
In the undercard, Dave Peñalosa (7-0-0, 5 KOs) faces Mexican Alem Robles (6-4-2, 2 KOs).