The 32nd President of the United States Franklin Roosevelt said “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
Amidst all the calling and pressure to retire; Gerry Penalosa remained mum about his future. He still has a lot of things to prove and a lot of gas left on the tank. The 37 year old Gerry fought Eric Morel last February 13 for Pinoy Power 3/ Latin Fury 13 in Hilton Las Vegas. The taller Morel gave Gerry some problems in the early rounds but as soon as Gerry settled down and found his range Morel was back pedalling most of the time as the seasoned veteran hound Morel’s body with vicious body shots around the ribs and kidneys. The blood that flowed around Gerry’s face look really serious after a series of accidental head butts but that did not deter Gerry in giving Morel a good fight. Gerry has been in that situation most of his championship fights he had been to a lot of questionable decisions twice to In-Joo Cho and then to Masamori Tokuyama which prompted Gerry to prematurely retire after series of heart aches. He wasn’t afraid to trade blows with Morel he has traded leathers with far more superior and heavier than him. He fought Daniel Ponce De Leon to 12 full rounds and withstand Juan Manuel Lopez’s onslaught for 10 rounds before Freddie Roach wave the fight off. Gerry knows this is not the time to give up and as Morel comes forward he greets him with one-two combination hitting Morel in the body and head with ”gusto”. It was clear that the fight was very close and that Gerry has done what he had to do to earn the judges nod. As the bell sounded in the last and final round both fighters raised their hands as they anticipate victory. The judges gave the win to Morel and Gerry once again suffered another heartbreaking loss with one judge giving Morel 4 rounds. It wasn’t how Gerry wants to end his career he has been on that road for such a long time and there was no justice given to him…
Gerry started doing some light exercises doing some running and managing his own boxing gym in the Philippines. It has been like that for most of his life and i don’t know how much heartaches could a 37 year old boxer could endure…
Gerry still can fight and he has always been in shape… He deserves to retire as a champion and he deserves a one last shot for glory…President Roosevelt couldn’t say it any better.. All Gerry got to do is to tie the knot and hang on.
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