BEING related to two former world champions definitely comes with a price for comebacking Eden Sonsona and upcoming Dave Penalosa.
“Nauunahan ka na agad ng pressure kasi `yung expectations ng mga tao mataas,” acknowledged the 21-year-old Penalosa, whose father Dodie Boy, and uncle Gerry, were both two-time world title holders.
Sonsona feels the same way as his cousin, Marvelous Marvin, once reigned as world super-flyweight champion at the young age of 19.
“Medyo nagloko ako (in the past), pero ngayon aayusin ko na ang career ko,” said the 21-year-old southpaw from General Santos City.
And to show they’re worthy of their names, the two young ring guns will show their wares together as they headline the monthly boxing series Pinoy Knockout presented by Sports 5.
Both Sonsona and Penalosa will be up against a pair of Thai fighters in the boxing card set this Saturday at the Mandaluyong gym. Sonsona, holder of 28 wins and six losses with eight knockouts, is banging gloves with Petchnamnung Sithsaithong in a 10-round bout at bantamweight, while Penalosa (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Yodpichai Sithsaithong in a super-bantamweight six-rounder.
Gerry Penalosa, who is promoting the boxing card to be shown starting at 10:00 pm on the same day over AKTV on IBC 13, said both Thai boxers were not brought in simply to be battered by their Filipino counterparts.
“First requirement namin sa matchmaker, make sure na palaban `yung dadalhin nila rito, na bigyan kami ng knockout artist. Hindi lang `yung pumunta para magbakasyon dito,” said the elder Penalosa.
The two fighters out of the Sithsaithong gym – both seeing action in the country for the second time – vow to give Sonsona and Penalosa a good fight.
“I want to win by knockout…which could be in round 5,” said Petchnamnung (9-2, 7 KOs), who lost to Richard Betos in a fourth-round technical knockout in their 12-round fight in Agusan Del Norte last June.
‘I’m not a knockout artist,” admitted Yodpichai (7-5, 3 KOs), a fourth-round knockout loser to Marlon Tapales in a 10-round encounter in Tubod, Lanao del Norte last year. “But I will do my best to give him a good fight."
Informed about his Thai opponent’s plan to knock him out, Sonsona, who is on a two-fight win streak since losing to Puerto Rican Jonathan Oquendo two years ago, said, “tingnan na lang natin sa laban.”
Penalosa is coming off a sixth-round unanimous decision win over Jonathan Ligas last month.