The three “main undercard” fights on the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 fight card were largely turgid affairs, and those looking for a Filipino successor to Manny Pacquiao didn’t find much to feel good about — but if you were watching on “regular” (not PPV) HBO earlier in the afternoon, you were treated to a spectacular second round knockout win with Dodie Boy Penalosa, a 21 year old Pinoy phenom who looks like he might just be the real deal.
Peñalosa is the son of former world champion Diosdado “Dodie Boy” Peñalosa Sr. and he is also the nephew of two-division world titlist Gerry Peñalosa. He dominated the fight from the beginning with a combination of quickness and strength, eventually landing a right hook on his opponent Jesus Lule Raya in 1:12 of the second round. He ran his record to 10-0, all by knockout.
I was very, very impressed by this kid. His quickness reminded of Pacquiao, and his demeanor and focus were excellent.
He’s one to watch.