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PE?ALOSA BATTLES MATUMLA OCT. 15


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Former World Boxing Council superfly king Gerry Penalosa's returns to action after almost a year of inactivity has been moved to October 15 from its original October 1 playdate.

Penalosa, who recently visited Cebu to serve as sparmate to Japanese Daisuke Naito at the ALA Gym, has confirmed that he is indeed seeing action against an African fighter in a soon-to-be-announced venue in Manila.

He recently sparred against Japanese flyweight champ Naito, who is set to do battle against WBC flyweight boss Pongsaklek Wongjongkam next month.

"Yes, my fight with Matumla has a new date on October 15," Penalosa told this writer yesterday in an interview.

It was not known whether Penalosa's American promoter Murad Muhammad would be bankrolling the fight, but Penalosa said the event will have the backing of Jemah Films' Mark Roces.

Muhammad, who figured in a bitter falling out with superstar Manny Pacquiao recently, had failed to book a fight for Penalosa in the United States on more than one occassion this year, prompting the Filipino ex-champ to fly back to the Philippines.

Penalosa had been training religiously under the watchful eye of Trainer of the Year awardee Buddy McGirt in Orlando, Florida, but was forced to return to the country after Muhammad failed to book a fight in the US.

Former two-division world champ Dodie Boy Penalosa, who trains his younger brother in the Philippines, had also informed that his brother had been furiously sparring with Japanese flyweight Daisuke Naito as the latter prepares for his October 10 challenge on WBC flyweight boss Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Tokyo, Japan.
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