Carlo Peñalosa battles Mexican for vacant belt

Carlo Peñalosa with uncle Gerry.

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Carlo Peñalosa is eyeing a world title in his next bout.

The nephew of boxing legend Gerry Peñalosa vies for the vacant International Boxing Organization flyweight title belt against Maximino Flores of Mexico on Aug. 25.

Moruti Mthalane last held the belt in 2017, but he was stripped of it and has remained vacant since then.

The younger Peñalosa, the current World Boxing Council Asia silver flyweight champion, won his last four fights by knockout, the last one being Watana Phenbaan on Feb. 16 in Quezon City.

Flores, on the other hand, knocked out fellow Mexican Jorge Miguel Hernandez on Nov. 11, 2018 (Philippine Time) in Tijuana.

The elder Peñalosa said on Thursday during the launch of the Ultimate Boxing Series at Midas Hotel that his promotion has yet to find a venue for the said bout, although he is considering the said place as the battleground for his nephew's fight.

The flyweight and the bantamweight finals of the UBS will be part of the card for the Peñalosa-Flores bout.

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