Filipino featherweight boxer Michael “The Hammer Fist” Fareñas will fight Mexican brawler Jesus Rios on December 12 in a 10-round main event bout entitled “First Blood” at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.
Fareñas, 29, said that he would be focusing on his counter-punching strategy since Rios (26-4-1 win-loss-draw card with 20 knockouts) is an aggressive puncher.
“I need to be more careful in fighting this guy [Rios] but I’m ready 100 percent,” said Fareñas, who holds 36-4-4 card with 28 knockouts. “This fight means a lot to me since I’m bidding for a world title fight next year. I think I have a good chance if I win.”
Fareñas’ handler, former world champion Gerry Peñalosa, said that Fareñas could be pitted against unbeaten American fighter and reigning World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia next year.
“I talked personally with Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotion and it could happen although it’s a 50-50 at this moment. We need to win first this upcoming fight,” said Peñalosa.
In the other matches, unbeaten Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. (11-0 with 11 knockouts) will be aiming for his 12th straight knockout victory when he fights Alem Robles of Mexico (6-3-2 slate with two knockouts) in an eight-round bout. Another Filipino, Richard Pumicpic (13-5-2 card with four knockouts), will battle Luis Lugo (15-4-2 slate with 11 knockouts) also in another eight-round fight.