By Chito Yu Katangkatang
AKTV TV and GerryPens Promotions headed by boxing icon Gerry Penalosa will treat Filipino boxing fans with another exciting night of boxing as TV Program Pinoy Knockout features undefeated prospect Dave Penalosa and come-back prospect Eden Sonsona fight Thai sluggers Yodpichai Sithsaithong and Patchnamnung Sithsaithong respectively.
Dave Penalosa is the son of former world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa and the younger brother of another undefeated rising star Dodie Boy Jr. Dave is a former national amateur gold medalist and possesses a very strong amateur back ground. According to his uncle and promoter Gerry Penalosa, “Dave, once he develops and matures as a boxer is a complete package. He has power on both fists, he has speed and most of all he is born with a warrior heart. Right now we are still on the process of slowly honing him with the needed arsenals need for elite competition. He needs to develop stamina, and needs to control his emotions inside the ring. He tends to be careless when he gets excited. He wants to finish every opponent right away. That is not the way to fight. Once you get careless, one mistake can cost you the fight and worse send you to the hospital. Boxing is like chess. Fighting with your mind matters than pure fist fights. One thing I can guarantee, Dave has a lot of potential.”
Meanwhile Eden Sonsona had a roller coaster career. Manny Pacquiao helped him by putting him in his undercards. He won impressive fights in las Vegas against the likes of Eilon Kedem and Mauricio Pastrana. He lost to Jonathan Oquendo in Puerto Rico and got lost in oblivion succumbing to drugs, alcohol and other vices. He was caught with a common disease called Rockstar Syndrome and was soon forgotten in the boxing scene. A good fellow named Ian Bicera gave Eden a chance just last year. The businessman from General Santos gave everything to help Sonsona rebuild his career. He won two fights in a row, outpointing Emman Labanza and knocking out Godwin Tubigon in Cebu. But Eden would once again fall apart with his new benefactor going back to his old vices.
Realizing how much he wasted all the chances given to him, Eden took refuge under the generous hands of Batangas based promoter Jun Gandeza. But this time, it’s a make or break chance for Sonsona. Another mistake can send him to a permanently doomed life away from boxing.
Pinoy Knockout will be held on Saturday, August 18, 6PM at the Mandaluyong Gym, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila and can be viewed via delayed simulcast at AKTV TV 13 at 10:00 PM.