With a heart of a lion and fists of hammer the one issue with Filipino fighter Michael Farenas (38-4-4-1, 30) is that he's always appeared a bit unrefined in the ring. This rough and tumble style has made him a nightmare for everyone he has faced, including the likes of Takashi Uchiyama and Yuriorkis Gamboa, but has seen him having various technical draws due to head clashes.
To try and curb some of those technical issues that have held him back, Farenas has turned to legendary training Freddie Roach and will be spending the final few weeks before his bout with the unbeaten Mark Davis (18-0, 5) at the world famous Wild Card Gym.
Although actual work with Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, will be limited just being in that environment will do him the world of good as he gets the share the gym with world class fighters.
Farenas's team believe that going in to the bout, which will take place on July 2nd live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, their man will be the favourite. They also know however that this is a huge opportunity, and that a victory over Davis will see Farenas earning an IBF #2 ranking at Super Featherweight. That ranking would effectively putting him in line for the winner of Argenis Mendez's rematch with Rances Barthelemy, which is set to take place just 8 days after the Farenas/Davis bout.
Interestingly Farenas's mentor, Gerry Penalosa, believes his charge will need a KO against Davis to win, but when Farenas is in the ring KO's do tend to happen with 30 of them in 47 bouts and it's likely that the fighter himself would be chasing a KO regardless of whether he "needed" it or not.
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