Unbeaten Filipino hopeful Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr (19-0, 14) took to social media recently and announced that his boxing career was over.
The fighter explained "I will hang up my gloves and move on to my new life", which is reportedly in the US with his wife. This sees him finally announcing that he was done with the sport, years after his last fight.
Blessed with an exciting style, a good look, a legendary surname, Penalosa was expected to be a star when he turned professional in 2010. He was young, talented and seemed like he was going to be guided, slowly but surely, to a successful career.
After starting his career in the Philippines Penalosa fought in the US in 2013, Macau in 2013 and then began carving out his career, full time, in the US, with his last 6 bouts coming Stateside.
By April 2016 Penalosa had racked up a 19-0 (14) record and seemed to be ready for a break out fight. Sadly however that never came and instead he vanished from boxing. Got on with life, and lived a life out of the ring with fans expecting him to return one day. That has now been ruled out with Penalosa's announcement that he was hanging them up.
It's a shame that someone tipped so highly has left the sport having achieved so little. Even with the numerous titles out there Penalosa never won one and and he also never got a major fight. Unfortunately he will go down as a "what if" of Asian boxing, and the question will remain about how good he could have been had he been matched properly and been guided in the way many had expected.
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