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Peñalosa yearns for US trip

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Undefeated young prospect Dave Peñalosa is all set to campaign in the United States months after singing up with well-known American manager Cameron Dunkin.

But before doing so, the 25-year-old Peñalosa (10-0, 7 knockouts) needs to take care of business when he meets veteran journeyman Menard Zaragosa in a six-round bout tomorrow at the Music Hall of the Mall of Asia.

“Hindi ko alam style niya pero beterano na sa laban. Yung experience niya siguro makakatulong sa akin kung ano pa ang kulang ko ngayon,” said Peñalosa.

Peñalosa together with older brother Dodie Boy Peñalosa, Jr. signed a five-year deal with Dunkin last September.

“Marami akong matututunan sa US at alam ko na kung magsisikap ako dun ay magiging world champion din ako,” said Peñalosa.

The Peñalosas are sons of Dodie Boy, Sr., the first-ever Filipino two-division world champion.

Peñalosa’s bout will serve as one of the undercards of main eventers Jeffrey Francisco of the Philippines and Japanese bet Yusuke Suzuki who will vie for the vacant Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council bantamweight crown.

The 10-bout card is promoted by Elorde Int’l Productions of Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde, Jr., which will also feature unbeaten Joe Noynay and Richard Pumicpic for the vacant WBC International superbantamweight crown. (Dennis Principe)