Simeon Dumdum Jr.’s new book “Ah, Wilderness” describe Autumn as part of falling that constantly goes on in the world.
Gerry Penalosa started as a professional boxer twenty years ago and after 20 undefeated fights his unscratched record has come into a halt when Samuel Duran scored a split decision win in a fateful August night in 1992. Gerry from that point bounce back and eventually won his first WBC super flyweight belt. Nicknamed “Fearless” Gerry who lives and eats boxing captured his second world title and in a second weight division 11 years after disposing up and coming Mexican star Jhonny Gonzalez. Last Saturday was supposed to be Gerry’s final fight. He could have chosen a sub par fighter or someone who has puffy hands that no matter how many power shots connected Gerry would still come out smiling. But Gerry had to live up to his name fighting a devastating puncher and doing it in his opponent’s home turf is somewhat in every way fearless. Juan Manuel Lopez the superbantam kingpin is the equivalent local hero to the Philippines Manny Pacquiao a complete fighter who fought his opponents mostly in round 1 where his last three bouts ended. Gerry fought Juanma mostly in spurts when Lopez showered him with punches from the body and head. Gerry’s threshold for pain was unfathomable it was his chin that gotten him all the way to fight 63.. he was never been down in his storied career and he isn’t planning to end up in the canvass in his last fight either. There were gym rumors when he stood his ground against Manny Pacquiao on their occasional sparring way back then. Their were times Manny got into him but there were also times when Gerry caught Pacquiao with his patented right hook. Their sparring were so intense that coaches and people would eventually stop them in the middle of the ring. Gerry made a good script on his finale fight, surviving the early rounds and dominate Juanma in the later rounds but Lopez refuse to follow and made his own. Freddie Roach had to make a decision and stopping the fight was the right and logical thing to do. It save Gerry’s never been down streak and most of all his life. He fought a gallant fight and his heart was as big as his 5 foot 4 frame body but he was badly beaten and we could never know how much more his 36 year old body can take the punishment. Juanma as good as he is has never encountered such fighter like Gerry. His win has not only elevate him to the pound per pound ranks but his gaining experienced would put his career in a different maturity.
“All this falling finds a summing up in Autumn, when the world begins to get cold and the trees cast off billions of bright-colored leaves.”
Gerry is like a leaf clinging to it’s branches but no matter how tight he holds the promise of Autumn will always comes… this time Gerry let go his hands…it’s time..falling in grace with people he loves extending their arms and like the promise of Autumn a new beginning begins. Goodluck Gerry!