Home Boxing History Puncher from the Past: Carl Penalosa Snr

Puncher from the Past: Carl Penalosa Snr


Born Philippines 2 March 1938

Fought from August 1962 to March 1967

Record 29 fights 11 wins 12 losses 6 draws although this record may be incomplete

Philippines lightweight and super lightweight champion

Beat: Peedro Adigue (future WBC super lightweight champion), Mario Rossito (WBA/WBC super lightweight title challenger), Rocky Alarde, Arthur Persley

Lost to: Adigue, Alarde, Persley, Stan Harrington, Rene Barrientos (future WBC super featherweight champion, Roberto Cruz (future WBA super lightweight champion,

Drew: Rossito, Alarde, Peter Cobblah, Cruz, Takeshi Fuji,

-Stablemate of Gabriel “Flash Elorde”

Penalosa fought at a time when Filipino boxing was at a low ebb and although not an outstanding Puncher from the Past his legacy as patriarch of an amazing boxing family earns him a place in this series. Two of Carl’s younger brothers did not turn pro but boxed for the Philippine Army team.

Three of his sons boxed professionally: Dodie, Gerry and Jonathan.

Diosdado (Dodie) Penalosa

1982 Philippines light flyweight champion

1983 OPBF light flyweight champion

1983-1986 inaugural IBF light flyweight champion*

1987 IBF flyweight champion*

First Filipino two-division champion*

*Dodie achieved all of this despite having a withered leg from polio as a child

Quote from Dodie’ s manager

“Penalosa is a humble gladiator, and a testament to bravery, courage, and that nothing is impossible to those that believe and work hard to achieve their goals”.

Gerry Penalosa

2000 WBC International super flyweight champion

2002 NABF super flyweight champion

1997 First Filipino holder of a sanctioning body (WBC)super flyweight title

2007 WBO Bantamweight champion

Freddie Roach described Gerry as the best skilled Filipino boxer ever.

Jonathan Penalosa

1989 WBC International Champion

1992 WBA Flyweight title challenger

Dodie Boy Pumar Penalosa- son of Dodie Boy

Amateur record 27-0 2-time National Amateur Champion

Professional Record 2010 to 2016 19-0 so retired unbeaten as both an amateur and a pro

Dave Penalosa-Son of Dodie Boy

Currently active with a 17-1 record

Carl is one Puncher from the Past who whilst not achieving greatness as a fighter as a family patriarch has contributed a great deal to Filipino boxing. It has been a long journey from the days when he wore slippers on his hands because he could not afford punch mitts and whose training methods for his sons included punching wood and old tyres and tying them to trees for sit-up routines.