Too early, too late

A couple of young Filipino boxers with bright future and a seasoned veteran who is clearly past his prime are taking on separate opponents next month. Ciso Morales, the promising 22-year old from Cagayan de Oro City whose record currently stands at 14-0-0 with 8 KOs will take on veteran Eric Montiel of Mexico on February 13. Montiel, 30 has a 39-2-2 record with 29 KOs. If I were to decide, I would not let Morales take on Montiel at this point in time. Morales is still too raw to face a seasoned and crafty Montiel. Montiel is best remembered among Filipinos with his close decision victory over Z Gorres in Cebu City back in February 2007. I’m convinced Morales has en extraordinary talent but I’m also concerned with his inexperience at this level of competition. Perhaps he needs at least three more fights in the Asia-Pacific region before plunging into the big leagues.

Besides Morales, Marvin Sonsona also faces the same predicament. True, he was impressive with his victory over Jose Lopez last September, but he also showed his immaturity in his last fight against Alejandro Hernandez that ended in a Draw. Sonsona, still 19 years old is set to face Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., the son and namesake of the legendary Puerto Rican who captured titles in three weight categories in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The fight takes place on February 27. Vazquez Jr. is 25 years old and has an impressive 17-0-1 with 14 KOs. Sonsona in contrast, has a 14-0-1 with 12 KOs. Again, like Ciso Morales, Sonsona is taking it too early.

If Morales and Sonsona are being rushed to the limelight, Gerry Penalosa on the other hand is grabbing another bout too late for his age. Peñalosa fights on the same card with Ciso Morales on February 13. If I were to decide for Gerry, I would tell him to hang up his gloves. I don’t think he has still something to prove in boxing. He had been in 63 grueling fights in a span of 20 years and won championships in two weight categories. At age 37, I think it’s right to call it a day. His place in the history of Philippine Sports  has long been written.

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