Late on Thursday night saw the official weight in for Friday's IBF Super Featherweight title eliminator.
The bout will see former 2-time world title challenger Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) battling against unbeaten local star Jose Pedraza (18-0, 12) with the reward for the winner being a shot as at current IBF champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0-0-1, 12).
Farenas was the slightly lighter man coming in at 129.8lbs, his lowest weight since he took a split decision over Jason Egara back in 2012 though he was only marginally lighter than he has been for his recent fights, including his technical draw with Takashi Uchiyama and his recent win over Mark Davis. As for Pedraza he was bang on the Super Featherweight limit at 130lbs which is several lbs lighter than he has been in 3 of his last 4 bouts.
For Pedraza this is the biggest bout of his career and looks like a leap up in class. He may have home advantage but he really is stepping up in class. As for Farenas this will continue his string of tough bouts which as seem him up against not on Uchiyama but also Yuriorkis Gamboa in recent years.
We're expecting this one to be a cracking fight and there is danger for both men however the danger does come with the big reward of a world title fight in 2015. It's the danger that makes this bout so exciting and we hope it lives up to expectation.
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We have been informed that Filipino slugger Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) will be battling against the undefeated Jose Pedraza (18-0, 12) on November 14th in a long awaited IBF Super Featherweight world title eliminator, with the bout now set to take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Former world title challenger Farenas has seen several other opponents drop out of a final eliminator with him. These included Argentina's Fernando David Saucedo, who fights current IBF champion Rances Barthelemy this coming weekend, and Diego Magdaleno, who apparently fights this coming November.
The winner of the Farenas/Pedraza fight will be fighting against the winner of the Barthelemy/Saucedo fight next year. We've got to admit that we're hoping to see Farenas fight against Barthelemy though it's clear that Farenas has got a really tough ask on his hands, especially in Puerto Rico.
Michael Farenas-avoided again
We have been informed that Filipino fighter Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) will not be fighting Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10) as previously reported. Unfortunately Magdaleno will be getting a shot at WBA interim Super Featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez (33-1, 17) and leaving Farrenas feeling like an avoided man.
Farenas has now seen two possible opponents get world title shots whilst he has been sat looking for an opponent for an IBF final eliminator. First it was Fernando David Saucedo (52-5-3, 8), who is getting an IBF title fight with current champion Rances Barthelemy (20-0-0-1, 12), and now it's Magdaleno.
We're hoping Farrenas will get his next fight sorted soon because he does deserve a title fight though it seems his possible opponents are falling by the way side as they get bigger fights and he is forced to sit and wait. Hopefully good things will come to those who wait and Farrenas will get his chance rather than forced to sit and wait on the side lines indefinitely.
The battle to get Filipino slugger Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) a shot at the IBF Super Featherweight title seems to be an on-going battle of politics at the moment.
Farenas, who beat Mark Davis recently, fought in an eliminator last time out. It later turned out that that eliminator only got Farenas the #2 ranking and didn't grant him an immediate shot at the world title. Instead he was told to fight the highest ranked available challenger, at the time that was Argentina's highly experienced Fernando David Saucedo (52-5-3, 8). It appeared that Farenas and Saucedo were going to fight for the #1 ranking until Saucedo got the call from the champion Rances Barthelmy (20-0-0-1, 12) effectively making it clear that Barthelemy didn't want anything to do with Farenas.
Having seen the Saucedo fight fall through Farenas's team were again told to secure a fight with the highest ranked available challenger. That has now lead to Farenas's team, lead by Gerry Penalosa, to open negotiations with once beaten American Diego Magdaleno (26-1, 10).
At the moment the teams are working towards making the fight. Penalosa would apparently like the fight to be held in Manila though common sense seems to dictate that the bout would be in the USA, unless Top Rank want to place the bout on the under-card of Manny Pacquiao's contest with Chris Algieri in Macau.
Although we do like the sound of Farenas/Magdaleno we do need to wonder who at the IBF Farenas has offended to be forced to jump through so many hoops for his chance, especially considering the way Saucedo has gotten his chance. Hopefully Farenas will get his opportunity next year though we'd not be shocked if the IBF allowed Barthelemy another voluntary before than as well.
From what we understand Filipino "Hammer Fist" Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31) will have to wait for his shot at the IBF Super Featherweight title despite recently scoring a win in an eliminator against the previously unbeaten Mark Davis.
Farenas, the IBF's #2 ranked fighter, has been told that he needs to fight the next highest ranked fighter for his opportunity to become the mandatory challenger. The next available highest ranked contender is Argentinian veteran Fernando David Saucedo (52-5-3, 8) who is one of the most experienced men out there.
Unfortunately for the 32 year Saucedo he has lost in his most notable fights, including a loss to Chris John in 2010, a loss to Acelino Freitas in 2004 and a loss to Nedal Hussein, also in 2004.
Although the details regarding when and where the Farenas/Saucedo bout will take place are yet to be confirmed we have been informed that Farenas's camp are going to make a determined effort to get get their man home advantage and get the bout made before the end of this year. If that happens it would likely secure the winner their title bout for early next year.
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