Pacquiao, Penalosa provide motivation as Pinoy boxer Dasmarinas eyes world title
"Gagawin natin lahat ng makakaya natin para manalo, para sa bansa ito.” (Photo courtesy of Ringstar)
Filipino boxer Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, is ready to battle French boxer Karim Guerfi on April 20, 2018, for Ringstar’s ‘Roar of Singapore IV - Night of Champions’. At stake is an IBO world title belt that evening, at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Dasmarinas went to Japan for over a month to train with top coaches, who were former world boxing champions themselves. Dasmarinas is currently ranked by WBC 12th, while his French opponent is ranked 4th.
Dasmarinas says, “Ito na yun pagkakataon ko na makuha ko yun pinaghirapan ko, at ginagawa ko lahat ng makakaya ko sa training para makuha natin ang panalo na ito, para sa bansa ito.” (This is my chance to reap the benefits of all my hard work, and I am doing my best in training so I can get this win for the country.)
Top boxing legends and world champions such as Manny Pacquiao and Gerry Penalosa have also expressed support for Dasmarinas. In a recent interview by Fox Sports Asia, the fighting Senator Pacquiao says, “Right now we have top caliber boxers here in Asia, specially in the Philippines.
And on Michael Dasmarinas, the only 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao says, “If he is ready to compete outside the country and if he is ready to work hard, maybe he will win.”
Former world boxing champion Gerry Penalosa himself says, “Ringstar is giving Filipino boxers such as Michael Dasmarinas and Jeson Umbal a big break. Without Ringstar, I don’t think that they can have an opportunity like this. They have to grab it, the opportunity to have this break.”
To get words of encouragement from his idols has inspired Dasmarinas even more, who says, “Nakaka inspire at nakakagalak na nababanggit ka ng mga idolo mong boxer kamukha nila Manny Pacquiao at Gerry Penalosa. Nakakalakas ng loob, excited na ako lumaban, at sana po pagpatuloy nyo akong pagdasal, para makuha natin ang tagumpay. Gagawin natin lahat ng makakaya natin para manalo, para sa bansa ito.” (I am humbled and inspired that my idols Manny Pacquiao and Gerry Penalosa get to mention my name. I feel more confident and more excited to fight more than ever. I ask everyone to pray for me to get this win. I will do everything I can to win. This is for the country.)
As for Karim Guerfi, the French boxer says, “I have seen that he is a tough fighter, a strong puncher, but he has never experienced facing a boxer like me, and I am ready to confront him. I am preparing with my coach and we are 100% focused on this challenge.”
The French boxer continues, “To all my fans I would like to say not to miss the fight Guerfi vs Dasmarinas which will be explosive. And I would like to thank very gratefully Ringstar for offering me such a great fight.”