Gerry bids adieu

GERRY Penalosa, the 38-year-old Filipino ring warrior, is leaving no stone unturned that his farewell fight against Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee of Thailand will be a memorable one.

“Each fight is important to me especially when I fight before my countrymen,” said the former two-time world champion during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.

Penalosa, with a proud ring record of 54 wins, including 36 knockouts, eight losses and two draws, will face the 22-year-old Thai at the Zamboanga City Coliseum on Sunday.

“I don’t want to be embarrassed before my countrymen so I trained for this fight as hard as my other fights. In boxing, you cannot relax because anything can happen in the ring,” he said in the forum backed by Outlast Battery, PAGCOR and Shakey’s.

Penalosa, the former WBC super-flyweight and WBO bantamweight champion, said the decision to hang up his gloves came after disappointing losses in his last two fights.

He failed to last the distance against Juan Manuel Lopez in their super-bantamweight clash in Puerto Rico last year, and last February took a painful points loss to Eric Morel in Las Vegas.

Penalosa graced the weekly forum together with newly-appointed Games and Amusements Board chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon and former PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad who helped bring Penalosa’s farewell fight in Zamboanga.

“This is going to be a big fight because any fight involving our past and present champions is big,” said Trinidad of the fight card also put up by Congressman Erbie Fabian.

Other Filipinos seeing action against foreign bets are Jimrex Jaca and Michael Farenas.

Penalosa, younger brother of another former two-time world champion, Dodie Boy Penalosa, said his retirement should open the doors to younger, stronger Filipino boxers hoping to become world champions.

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