Filipino boxer Farenas eyes IBF title shot
MANILA – Filipino boxer Michael “The Hammer Fist” Farenas is giving 100% in his training for his bout against Mark “Too Sharp” Davis in a fight that could land him a shot at the IBF junior lightweight title.
The 30-year-old Farenas will be squaring off against the American in the title eliminator, which will take place in Connecticut on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
“Ito na ang last baraha ko. Kailangan kong manalo dito,” said the Sorsogon native in an interview with Philboxing’s Rich Mazon.
Davis is expected to be elusive against Farenas on fight night, which is why the Filipino is practicing how to cut the ring and pressure his opponent.
“Expected naming na tatakbo yun kalaban, kaya ang focus naming ay maghabol at pressure,” said Farenas.
The Filipino, who is training at Freddie Roach’s fabled Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California, is on a five-win streak since losing a unanimous decision to Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa.
He has 38 victories (30 knockouts) against 4 defeats, which is why he is expected to use his experience to the hilt against Davis, who has a record of 18-0.
Farenas said Roach has been helpful in his preparations. The American trainer has been giving him sparring partners that mimic Davis’ fighting style.
“Binibigyan ako ni Freddie ng kung ano yung style ng kalaban ko at kung ano ang mas maganda para sa training, iyon ang ibinibigay ni Freddie, kaya maganda ang ensayo ang ensayo ko sa L.A.”