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By Gerry Peñalosa

Michael Farenas Eyes Luevano’s WBO Featherweight Belt
Fri, 16 Oct 2009

New WPBF Featherweight Champion Michael Farenas has his eyes on the WBO Featherweight belt which Steven Luevano has been holding for two years and the Filipino pugilist is determined to snatch it from the champ. If the match goes through it would be another chance to showcase both fighters’ boxing prowess and another classic Filipino-Mexican encounter because even if Luevano as been born and raised in La Puente, Los Angeles, California, USA, he still proudly displays his Mexican ancestry during his fights.

It will surely be a match to watch because both fighters are proven hard punchers. Michael has 23 knockouts of his 26 wins, almost 75% KO percentage, and has boxing record of finishing the boxing bout during the early rounds. His last outing against Korean boxer Jae Bong-Jang displayed his KO power when he floored the Korean twice, the first during the second round, but the Korean managed to retaliate and the second was on the 10th round which sealed his victory. For his part, Luevano won 37 fights, 15 via KO, in his 39 professional boxing bouts.

Graham Houston, a well known sports writer and analyst, commented in his website Fightwriter that “Steven Luevano has been successful in defending his title for 6 times. The first two title defense made him look invincible as he punished his opponents, veteran Antonio Davis and sturdy Thai Terdsak, severely. In his next two fights, however, Luevano struggled. He had to survive a knockdown to keep his title with a gruelling draw against Mario Santiago he was unimpressive in outpointing Billy Dib, although to be fair it would probably be difficult for anyone to look good against the unorthodox and awkward Australian boxer.” He got lucky during his last fight against Pinoy Boxer Bernabe Concepcion because of a disqualification on Concepcion for a punch thrown after the bell at the end of seventh round.

I seriously hope we will be able to clinch the deal for Luevano-Farenas fight the soonest even if the latest news on the Luevano camp is a possible fight against Juan Manuel Lopez on 2010. Farenas has been able to get a hold on a championship belt by way of WPBF Featherweight title. Now is the right time for him to campaign for more championship belts from different boxing organizations. All I wish for him is to fight hard, work hard and always be hungry for the win. Filipino boxers are now enjoying world recognition and I know Farenas will have his share of the limelight.

This is Gerry Pe?alosa, sharing some boxing views… Have a good day everyone!

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