Late on Wednesday night fans, watching a special edition of "ESPN Friday Night Fights", got to see Filipino slugger Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) secure himself an IBF Super Featherweight title fight as he stopped the previously unbeaten American Mark Davis (18-1, 5) in an eye opening contest.
From the first round it was clear that Farenas had the clear edge in power, toughness and physical strength whilst Davis was the more technically sound and the quicker with both hands and feet. Farenas used his advantages to make Davis fight the wrong type of fight and within just a few rounds it was clear Farenas was able to hurt the American with his power left hand which began taking it's toll to the head and body by the end of round 5. From the on the fight became a less a case of "who's gonna win?" and more a case of "how long will Davis last?"
By the end of round 6 it seemed that Davis was done. He was being rocked hard at the end of the round and referee Steve Smoger clearly seemed to hint that Davis was on the verge of being stopped if the beating continued. The American fighter did well to neutralise Farenas in round 7 but the onslaught returned in round 8 and Smoger did eventually save Davis from further punishment.
Up to now Farenas has been best known for his technical draw with Takashi Uchiyama and his loss to Yuriorkis Gamboa though with this win he has secured himself a fight with the winner of the upcoming contest between Argenis Medez and Rances Barthelemy, a win against the winner of that bout will see Farenas becoming known as a world champion.
Dubbed "Hammer Fist" Farenas really lived up to his nickname with a hammering victory here. He may not be a big name or an attractive fighter but he's the sort fighter who will be a nightmare for anyone and it's clear that the winner of the Mendez/Barthelemy bout will not be in a rush to get in the ring with their mandatory challenger after this display.
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