Philippines, 23 Sep 2014
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Yuriorkis Gamboa Vs. Michael Farenas: History 101


PhilBoxing.com




After a layoff of fifteen long months the highly talented boxer from Cuba had finally returned with an insufferable game plan in mind- to show off. Like a lover who had been away for too long for overseas work or other, he wanted to make his renewed presence felt strong and lasting by showering portentous grace as if to swoon over a loved one. There was nothing wrong with this initially as it is, after all, a normal human desire to be loved in return, and the spectators to this ostentatious display responded with gratitude as they were being treated with this banquet of natural talent. But like all things that are given in excess it had slowly become dreary and boring. And when it continued on for far too long it had become, as I had said, insufferable.

The only person who was able to last this supposedly unbearable game plan, much to everyone's surprise, was the humble opponent himself from the Philippines, Michael Farenas. After the fighter got served a sizzling yet crisp right hand in the second round I quickly jumped up to the conclusion that my predictions of the bout was perfectly spot on. There was simply no bloody way, in my opinion, that the match up could last four rounds and it was my forecast that the second round was the most sound judgment I could come up with.

The Cuban was just too talented not just for the Filipino opponent but there are really not many fighters out there, regardless of weight division, that could match his God-given skill. The second round made it to the third and the Filipino pug got dragooned to a corner for a menacing beatdown. The Cuban teased the seemingly downtrodden opponent's demise by festooning him with sharp, flowery shots, hard punches, then some soft and softer ones for show, then pushed him over too many times. The Cuban would move back out again and the pushing and punching would continue as he was loving how he was bullyragging the easily outmatched Filipino here and there, and just about everywhere, I would say. It was sometimes too painful to watch, myself being a Filipino, and I admit to looking away at times pretending to examine the fully packed venue.

Life in the Philippines is good and simple. If you consider what we as a people have gone through, if you look at our history of centuries of oppression and colonizations (the Spanish, Japanese, Americans), wars, political and economic struggles, and even up to this day of rebellion, poverty, an average of twenty one storms a year that only seems getting worse, and I can go on still but that would only bore you; if you take that into consideration as Filipinos subconsciously do, you just cannot complain about life. That is the mold of a traditional Filipino citizen. We smile at the wake of the worst disaster. The resilience is inexplicable at some point or other. A Filipino receives what's given with a happy heart and makes use of what he has. You put food on the table and he is happy, and does not look over the next table to reach over for what he does not have. You give him crushed ice and beans and jelly, he makes Halo-Halo out of it. And that is the make of one Michael Farenas.

He took a heavy beat down right at the outset of the match. I watched him and said to myself that if I was his manager I'd never put him in a ring against an embodiment of talent in Cuba's Yuriorkis Gamboa. He got knocked down once again in the seventh. But then one round unraveled after the other, and again, and again, and each time Farenas got pummeled and thought he'd never recover he sprang right back in Gamboa's face. He fought gallantly, heavily bruised and bloodied, repelling superb talent with his boxing skills that are most basic yet reliant and tenacious. He countered Gamboa, refused to back down in an exchange, and even pushed the flashy Gamboa down the canvas intently to ruin his rhythm. There was a heavy contrast in styles yet more stark in heart. Gamboa didn't seem to have one, but was merely too talented. Sometimes he made his way through Farenas as easy as a workaday routine. But then he got tired of it just as the audience long have been tired of watching his showboating self. He started to slow down and careless and Michael Farenas knocked him down with a ghost punch with his back against the ropes and that's where I lost my voice.

Gamboa was just as flashy as his manager, 50 cent who rapped during his entry to the arena hovered in the air as if the lord our saviour had sent him down to earth to grace us humans with his presence. Gamboa's trunks glittered with stars to project the superstar he ought to be. But the night got stretched and faded into the twelfth and final round, far too long as everyone had expected that it was virtually day. And as the supposed star of the night faded just as 50 cent's musical whim, Michael Farenas rose as the real light in the ring. It really wasn't about stars or rap music or posh. It was boxing into life the Filipino's way. And knowing the Philippine culture too well, knowing how we are able to make something out of nothing, we took what was given to us and made something out of it as is our wont. We made victory out of a loss.

Mark F. Villanueva
BoxingInsight.blogspot.com

Mark currently lives in Iloilo City and can be followed through http://twitter.com/markfvillanueva


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Mark F. Villanueva.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION "BAD" CHAD DAWSON RETURNS OCT. 4 TO FOXWOODS
    By , Tue, 23 Sep 2014
  • Sampson Boxing Reaches Promotional Agreement with Canada's Tyson Cave
    By , Tue, 23 Sep 2014
  • Joey Dawejko scores 2nd consecutive 1st round knockout
    By , Tue, 23 Sep 2014
  • FOUR TITLE FIGHTS IN BLOCKBUSTER CARD IN TAAL, BATANGAS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • TOQUERO VS KAKUTANI FOR WBC YOUTH TITLE OCT 4 IN LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET; PACQUIAO'S COUSIN BATTLES GARCIA AND MORE!
    By Carlos Costa, Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • PRINCE ALBERT PAGARA FACES RAUL HIRALES IN MANDATORY TITLE DEFENSE
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP TO HOST EVENT IN BEIJING ON 31 OCTOBER
    By , Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • FARENAS TO FIGHT PEDRAZA FOR IBF SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT NO.1 RANKING
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • Wizardry: Palacios overcomes layoff to dominate Mendoza!
    By , Mon, 22 Sep 2014
  • AGUELO STOPS MAKILING FOR THE ASIAN BOXING FEDERATION TITLE
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • ALEX ARIZA SIGNS TWO YEAR CONTRACT WITH MAYWEATHER
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • SONNY BOY JARO’S TITLE FIGHT AGAINST CUADRAS FACES ANOTHER POSTPONEMENT
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • UNRANKED PAMA GIVES FORMER WORLD CHAMPION RUNGVISAI A ROUGH TIME BEFORE LOSING BY TECHNICAL DECISION
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • AGUELO WINS ABF BELT IN TALISAY
    By , Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • Final Results from Foxwoods: Dargan & Mchunu Walk Away With NABF Titles
    By , Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • LOMACHENKO IN PHOENIX
    By , Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • Lost in our own survival Olympics
    By Recah Trinidad, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • PINAY ABANIEL FAILS IN WBO TITLE BID IN OSAKA
    By Salven L. Lagumbay, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • PPV FOR MAYWEATHER V MAIDANA 2: RUMOR OR FACT?
    By Reni M. Valenzuela, Sun, 21 Sep 2014
  • Sabaupan to thrill Camsur fans
    By Dennis U. Eroa, Sat, 20 Sep 2014
  • YOUNGSTERS GET A BREAK ON ‘THE MAIN EVENT’ ON PBO OVER SKYCABLE
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 20 Sep 2014
  • CUADRAS DEFENDS WBC TITLE VS SALGADO; CLASH WITH SONNY BOY JARO RESET FOR NOVEMBER 13
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 20 Sep 2014
  • Doliguez-Tubieron reset
    By Dennis U. Eroa, Sat, 20 Sep 2014
  • THE WEATHER LIKE MAYWEATHER
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Sat, 20 Sep 2014


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2014 philboxing.com.