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Promoter: Farenas targets Gamboa's 'made in China chin'
If southpaw Michael Farenas lands, "that'll be the end of the road" for Yuriorkis Gamboa, says Farenas' promoter, Gerry Penalosa.
Despite being "excited" that he was chosen to face former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard, Filipino junior lightweight contender Michael Farenas isn't abandoning his usual humility.
For those not familiar with Filipino idioms, the phrase means that anything can happen. It's a phrase that belies Farenas' new-found confidence.
Gamboa is now promoted by SMS Promotions, which is headed by rapper Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent.
In Farenas' last bout in July, he gave WBA junior lightweight titleholder and RING rated no. 1 contender Takashi Uchiyama all he could handle for three rounds before a headbutt-induced cut resulted in a technical draw.
Penalosa says he saw Farenas stop a Russian sparring partner last week and that he did well with some Mexican boxers on Monday.
"Farenas, he's never been a champion. I'm sure he's hungrier compared to me. I'm sure with that attitude as a hungry fighter, it's so hard to fight a guy like that."
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