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Cameron Dunkin signs Penalosa brothers

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Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. (R) fighting Jesus Lule in 2012. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. (R) fighting Jesus Lule in 2012. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

Earlier today renowned boxing manager Cameron Dunkin announced he had signed Filipino brothers Dodie Boy Jr. (13-0, 12 knockouts) and Dave Penalosa (9-0, 6 KOs).

The Las Vegas-based manager has worked with 32 world champions, including Kelly Pavlik and Tim Bradley, and more recently Brandon Rios, Terence Crawford and Nonito Donaire, and is pleased to have made the double swoop.

“I think both have a lot of potential,” Dunkin told “Nonito speaks really highly of both of them. He thinks and I agree with him that they could be champion of the world one day.

“I’m excited about signing both of them. Dodie Boy and I actually worked together a few years ago in the TKO (Promotions) days, after that I followed his career and now things have come full circle and we’re working together again. They’re both really nice people and need activity and I think I can help them get that and put them on the championship path.”

Dodie Boy is a former two-time Philippine National amateur champion. He turned pro in 2010 and made his American debut on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a second-round knockout of Jesus Lule.

Dave doesn’t have the amateur credentials of his older brother but is still a touted prospect. He has been pro since 2011 and has fought twice in Macau.

The siblings – both southpaws – will fight at junior featherweight and haven’t fought since July 2014 because of they were looking for a deal that would allow them to fight in America.

They come from a fighting family; their father Dodie Boy Sr. and uncle Gerry Penalosa both won world titles in two weight classes. Another uncle, Jonathan, fought for a version of the world title in the early 1990s and their grandfather, Carl, was a national champion in the 1960s.

Dunkin has also recently signed three other fighters to managerial pacts: 2012 Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin from Ireland, who’s 4-0 (3 KOs) fighting at lightweight, amateur standout Ed Brown 10-0 (9 KOs), who fights at welterweight, and Northern California 147-pounder Rudy Macedo 1-0 (1 KO), who is co-managed and trained by Nonito Donaire Sr. He says he is looking to continue recruiting going forward.

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