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Pinoy boxer Michael Farenas only needed three rounds to pretty much announce to the world that he’s back.
Following a two-year hiatus, the man known as “Hammer Fist” made his in-ring return last June 1 and stopped Mexico’s Martin Angel Martinez via knockout in the third round of their scheduled eight round bout at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California, USA.
It was a body shot from Farenas that did Martinez in.
“Masaya, nanalo tayo at tsaka marami kaming kababayan na sumuporta sa atin, kaya maraming salamat sa inyo lahat,” Farenas said to ABS-CBN News’ Steve Angeles.
A native of Gubat, Sorsogon, Farenas was a contender for the WBA Super Featherweight title back in 2012, fighting for the regular and interim belts, but unable to capture gold on both occassions.
Before taking time off, Farenas won the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Featherweight championship.
Now, the 32-year old hopes to work his way back into the title picture once again.
“Sana ma bigyan tayo ulit ng pagkatataon na lumaban sa championship.”
Getting there will be a process however, and coaching Farenas is former WBC Light Flyweight world champion Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol, who was 31-6-2 in his boxing career, as well as Marvin Somodio, who was an apprentice of legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach.
“May kulang pa sya, rusty. Pero nagagawa nya yung dapat gagawin, yung tine-training nya. At super sugod, maganda pinakita nya.” Mayol said.
Even with the impressive third-round KO win, Somodio believes that Farenas can do even better the next time out.
“Next fight magiging mas magaling si Michael kasi naka-ensayo na at bumalik na sa ring,”
Farenas improves his professional record to 42-5-4 with 34 knockouts.
With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
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