THE International Boxing Federation (IBF) has ordered Filipino junior lightweight Michael Farenas to fight Argentine Fernando Saucedo to determine the mandatory challenger of IBF junior lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy.
Farenas’ promoter and former two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa said that the IBF announced the bout of Farenas, a native of Guinubatan, Sorsogon and Saucedo would take place sometime in November in a yet to be determined venue.
“I thought it was already Barthelemy [who would be Farenas’ next opponent in a title fight]after we beat Mark Davis, but the IBF made an announcement that we should fight first Saucedo to decide the challenger,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday.
Farenas, 30, who holds a 39-4-4 win-loss-draw card with 31 knockouts, scored a stunning eighth round technical knockout win over heavily-favored erstwhile undefeated Davis (18-1) in an IBF title-eliminator match on July 2, at the Foxwoods resort in Connecticut, USA.
Farenas’ victory was his fifth straight knockout win since his loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba in 2012.
Although his ward has to hurdle another fight before he can get a shot at the title, Peñalosa is confident that Farenas could crush the 32-year-old Saucedo (52-5-3 win-loss-draw slate with eight knockouts).
“Davis is tougher than Saucedo that’s why I’m confident we can win this fight,” Peñalosa added. “At the same time, I’m bidding to host that fight here in Manila this November.”
The unbeaten Cuban Barthelemy (21-0 with 12 knockouts) beat Argenis Mendez via unanimous decision on July 10, for the super featherweight IBF belt.