Pi­noy's pride Ne­grense War­l­ito Par­reñas Jr. makes big name in boxing

Sun Star Bacolod - - ‘Yuhom! - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

I t’s a pride of the Filipino peo­ple that our fel­low Ne­grense War­l­ito Par­reñas Jr. made a big name in the sports of boxing in Ja­pan.

Par­reñas, 35, who was born in Cadiz City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, is now based in Kawan­ishi, Ja­pan. He has a record of 26 wins, 23 knock­outs and nine losses.

Of three sib­lings, Par­reñas is the sec­ond child of War­l­ito Sr., a govern­ment em­ployee, and Ida Par­reñas, a housewife.

Par­reñas is mar­ried to Loverly Paro­hinog-par­reñas from Barangay Granada, Ba­colod City and they have two sons, James Allen, 13, and Shan, 12.

At the age of 12, Par­reñas started play­ing boxing through the en­cour­age­ment of his fa­ther, who just passed away in 2017, and his cousin, who was a for­mer boxer and mem­ber of Cadiz boxing team.

At first, Par­reñas was hes­i­tant to pur­sue this kind of sports be­cause it’s not his dream to be a boxer. But since his fa­ther re­ally loved the sports and was so sup­port­ive to his cousin, Par­renas de­cided to try it out and then joined the Na­tional Youth game in Bago City in 1999.

His good skills in boxing de­vel­oped and at the age of 17, Par­reñas was cho­sen to be part of the Philip­pine team in Baguio City where he fin­ished his high school.

Par­reñas was a for­mer num­ber one in World Boxing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WBO) su­per fly­weight di­vi­sion and for­mer WBO ori­en­tal cham­pion. He is cur­rently ranked 9th in Ori­en­tal Pa­cific Boxing Fed­er­a­tion (OPBF).

Par­reñas said that be­fore he be­came fa­mous in Ja­pan, he was one of the spar­ring part­ners of the Ja­panese box­ers.

He said there were two Ja­panese broth­ers, both cham­pi­ons in Ja­pan, who chose him to be their spar­ring part­ner.

“A Ja­panese pro­moter saw my skills in boxing and he of­fered me to play in Ja­pan,” he added.

Par­reñas re­vealed that through boxing, it has changed his life. He was re­ally happy and thank­ful that he helped his fam­ily since it’s his dream to pro­vide them a com­fort­able life.

“Half of my life is al­ready in boxing. It’s an honor to rep­re­sent our coun­try. I’m thank­ful to God, my fam­ily and my bosses here in Ja­pan, who gave me a chance to level up my boxing ca­reer. Thank you for all the peo­ple who sup­ported me and al­ways pray­ing for my vic­tory,” Par­renas said.

On May 10, Par­reñas has chal­lenged OPBF cham­pion Ki­eta Kuri­hara from Ja­pan , 26 year-old with 13 wins, 11 knock­outs and five losses at Ko­rahuen Hall, Tokyo, Ja­pan. Let’s wait for the of­fi­cial re­sult.*

PAR­REÑAS with his par­ents.

PAR­REÑAS pho­tos

PAR­REÑAS with his wife and two sons.

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