The veteran Filipino boxer Gerry Penalosa and Bernabe Concepcion are now on the last stretch of hard training in Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles preparing for a fight in Las Vegas in Nevada tagged as Pinoy Power 3 on February 13 (Valentine‚Äôs Day in Philippine Time).
The 37-year old Gerry Penalosa will be facing Eric Morel. Last year Penalosa experience a though lost against Puerto Rican champion Juan Manuel Lopez last year. He is eager to get back at Morel, who is also from Puerto Rico.
According to Coach Freddie Roach, Pe√±alosa still has what it takes to become a world champion. He is also feeling much better going down a weight class to the 118-pound division.
‚ÄúPinaghandaan ko talaga ito… Pinarusahan ko sarili ko dito sa gym, nagsakripisyo‚Ä¶ para sa laban,‚Äù said the Filipino boxer.
On the other hand, the 22-year old Bernabe Concepcion will be facing another though Puerto Rican fighter in the person on Mario Santiago. Concepcion is also coming from a controversial disqualification loss in his last bout against Steven Luevano.
The shot in Pinoy Power 3 is a big break to Concepcion, to prove he has got newfound strength and technique to win his crucial bout. Coach Buboy Fernandez said he is confident that Concepcion can clinch the victory this time. ‚Äú100 percent kailangan concentrate sa body shot…… May panalo tayo basta makinig lang siya sa corner.‚Äù
Other Pinoy boxers to battle in Pinoy Power 3 is Nonito Donaire, who will be defending his interim super flyweight belt against Gerson Guerrero. The native of Bohol Ciso Morales will also be featured in Pinoy Power 3.
A big boost for both Pe√±alosa and Concepcion is the support from Manny Pacquiao who is himself training Wild Card Gym for the upcoming Pacquiao vs Clottey fight on March 13.