Cebuano Peñalosa Jr. survives knock down to beat Marcos



Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. survived a scare as he recovered to beat Donriel Marcos by third-round technical knockout (TKO) in the main event of the “Dugong Kampeon” fight card at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City.

Peñalosa went down early in the first round with a wild right overhand from Marcos, then went down again in the second after a low blow.

But the 21-year-old fighter from the famed Peñalosa boxing clan recovered immediately, pounding his foe with multiple body shots and thunderous right hooks that forced Marcos’ corner to stop the fight at the 2:54 mark of the third.

The victory was Peñalosa’s seventh victory in as many outings. All wins were by knockouts.

“I admit that I was very careless and overconfident,” said Peñalosa, nephew of two division world champion turned promoter Gerry Peñalosa.  “I was not even defending myself. For me, this is the biggest lesson I have learned so far,” added Peñalosa, whose next scheduled fight is on Dec. 17 still here in Cebu.

Gerry Peñalosa was planning to let his nephew be included in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez rubbermatch this November but is now calling it off.

“Not yet, it’s too early,” said the former champ. “He needs more improvement first. He needs a lot more of experience.”

For Dodie Boy Peñalosa Sr., it was a hard but good lesson to learn for his son.

“Basin kadto para iyaha jud to nga knockdown, para ma leksiyon jud siya,” said Dodie Boy Sr.

It wasn’t only Dodie Boy Jr. who fell during the match. In an odd situation, referee Tony Pesons tripped and fell in the middle of the Peñalosa-Marcos showdown.

Meanwhile, Michael Fareñas dethroned Philippine featherweight champion Edgar Gabejan via a 12-round unanimous win.

The bout ended with judges Edgar Olalo and Edward Ligas identically scoring it 115-109 and Noel Flores calling it at 116-108 all in favor of Fareñas.

Dodie Boy Jr.’s younger brother Dave also passed an acid test after winning over John Edu Torbiso through a four-round unanimous decision.

Eden Sonsona won via TKO in the seventh round over Godwin Tubigon in their junior featherweight matchup.

Tubigon’s corner had to throw in the towel twice to surrender before Pesons halted the bout.

Reynan Empic knocked out Sanai Stable’s Sherwin Caday in the third round with a right hook at 2:49 mark.

Omega Stable’s Jimmy Paypa staged a lopsided win over CCSC’s Anthony Sabalde in a unanimous decision win after six rounds of boxing.

Another win from Omega came from Vergilio Silvano after he defeated Lionel Legada of the Jaro Stable also via a majority decision.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Jane

    During that night I can see the throws of Jr. It wasn’t that hard actually there is no power on his punch. That is why we take the opportunity to give him a lesson. If we want, Jr. can be hit 1 more for him to fall a sleep during those rounds. Dunryl Marcos dont feel any pain on his punches..only because he has insuffecient stamina conditioning. Dunryl Marcos don’t have time to practice since age 21, a year after he became a proffessional boxer. He was hit by a fish car at the back that cause him badly injured but still he wanted to fight coz he believe the power that he has..everytym he practice hard his injury stop him of too much pain..We give the win for an ambitious fighter to Jr. but before that a lecture comes first. How he will handle heavy punches, how to be clever at all times, what is the feeling to fall in the canvass and not to underestimate any fighter. in his experience and the experience of Dunryl Marcos He will surely fall but because they already knew the condition of Marcos that is why they choose him inexperience and unbeaten vs more experience but no stamina. The researcher of his opponents don’t know how heavy is the fists of Dunryl. They miscalculate that even a boxer that has a brave heart and power can still stand in three rounds and there are lot of things can be happens in those rounds. Even his father and Gerry knows that by the heavy punches of Dunryl Marcos in his next fall in the next round he will walk up in the hospital. What keeps him standing is his dreams..that is what we respect so much to give up the fight.
    – Dunryl Marcos Corner
    Arman P. Naive

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos