The interim title bout, a real rarity for the WBO, looks like an intriguing contest on paper and will see Filipino slugger Warlito Parrenas (24-6, 21) take on Mexico's David Carmona (19-2-4, 8). We'll admit it's not a divisional super bout, such as contests involving the likes of Inoue, Carlos Cuadras or Zolani Tete, but it's still a tasty looking match up.
Of the two men Parrenas is the more experienced and, in many ways, the more well known. He's also the clear puncher coming in to this bout but has shown fragility
The Filipino 31 year old began his career back in 2007 following a solid amateur career. Sadly however Parrenas' early career didn't go too well and within 18 months of being a professional his record read 6-3 (4). It was clear he could hit like a truck but he had himself been stopped and was generally viewed as being a bit wild and even over-reliant on his power.
Unfortunately over the years that followed Parrenas seemed to progress slowly and was beaten the few times he stepped up in competition. By the start of April 2011 he was 12-5 (10) though had been stopped thrice with notable stoppages to both Marlon Tapales and Jonathan Taconing in his two most telling bouts. It was then that life changed for Parenas who went to Japan and started to really make a name for himself with wins over the likes of Atushi Kakutani, Koji Itagaki and Isaac Junior. During a 19 month stint in Japan Parrenas went 6-1 (6) and built his reputation and ability. That reputation has since been enhanced with 6 wins back home in the Philippines, include a wide decision over Espinos Sabu and stoppages over Junior Bajawa and Hengky Baransano.
Crude but powerful Parrenas is a fun to watch slugger and although he has improved his boxing he is still somewhat defensively naïve and appears to still have a questionable chin. He is however the sort of fighter who enters the ring with a “stop or be stopped” mentality and that generally makes for fun fights.
Carmona on the other hand is a 24 year old Mexican who began his career back in 2009. His career didn't start great and after just 7 bouts he was 4-1-2. Since that start he has turned his career around and is a 2-time WBO Youth Super Flyweight champion and current WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion.
Although not particularly well known Carmona's name may be familiar to fans of the lower weights. That'll be because of his 2013 fight with Omar Andres Narvaes. That bout saw Carmona challenging for the WBO world title and coming up very short against the Argentinian veteran who stopped the Mexican in the 7th round. That bout came far too early for Carmona who was out fought and bullied by the Argentinian maestro who was saved by his corner.
Since the loss to Narvaez we've seen Carmona pick up a trio of decision wins in 10 round bouts. On the whole the opponents were decent but nothing great and really shouldn't have elevated Carmona to a world title fight, or even an interim title fight, but they have and that's where we are now.
From watching Carmona in the past he's looked like he's lacking real power and can be forced backwards. He does have some nice movement and punch selection but his inability to make opponents respect him is an issue, likewise he often appears to wait too long before getting shots off. Those flaws haven't cost him too badly in the past though they will do when he steps up a level, like he is here.
Although Carmona is the home fighter we really don't see him having anything to trouble Parrenas. In fact if anything the Mexican is bringing a knife to a gun fight and Parrenas will look to walk down the Mexican and stop him. We know that Parrenas can be hurt but given Carmona's lack of power it's really hard to see him doing anything to stop Parrenas from coming forward and slowly but surely breaking him down.