By NICK GIONGCO
Manila, Philippines – With the blood of champions running through his veins, Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. takes another step towards his desire to become a world champion when he meets Super James Singmanasak of Thailand in a 10-round superbantamweight bout tonight at the Recom Dome in Caloocan City.
Peñalosa, son of two-time world champion Dodie Boy Sr. and nephew of Gerry, another legendary name in Philippine pugilism, puts his immaculate 7-0 slate on the line in this slugfest being staged by Caloocan mayor Recom Echiverri and his councilor-son RJ in the venue located at Amparo Rotonda.
The father-and-son tandem has pledged their all-out support to Penalosa’s quest for world recognition and the youthful Peñalosa has vowed not to let them down in this event that celebrates the city’s 50th year.
During yesterday’s ofﬁcial weighin held at the historic Bonifacio Monument, Peñalosa tipped the scales at 124 lbs, while Singmanasak came in at 122.
Out to steal the thunder from the headliners are two thrilling ﬁghts.
World title hopeful Michael Farenas of the Gerry Peñalosa stable meets Davao’s Roberto Rubillar in an eight-round feather brawl, while Rey Perez and Marvin Mabait clash for the Philippine super-ﬂyweight title set for 12 exciting rounds.
Dodie Jr. turned professional in January 2010 and in his last assignment last October, he stopped Donriel Marcos in three rounds at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Mactan Island, Cebu.
An amateur standout, Dodie Boy is eyeing a sensational showing against the touted Thai, who has promised to shock the crowd come ﬁght night.
“I did not come here to lose,” said Singmanasak.
“Let’s see what he’s got,” countered Penalosa.