IN A bid to help Filipino boxers utilize their talent, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) over the week said it will strictly enforce the 45 days rest period.
GAB chairman Abraham Khalil Mitra during a recent event in La Trinidad, Benguet said the rest period will also help recover boxers from possible injuries.
"There was an earlier proposal of lowering the days allowed to rest but I consulted Senator Manny Pacquiao and he said not to lower it because there are some health concerns," said Mitra.
Mitra added before he assumed as GAB chairman, some fighter forego of the mandated 45-day rest period while some promoters are seeking to lower the number of rest period to just 30 days on a case-to-case basis.
The GAB chairman said he will stick to the 45-day rule and the mandatory 90-day rest if a boxer is knocked out to fully recover from his injuries.
The former Palawan Governor cited the case of Highland Boxing Gym’s Carlo Magali who was supposed to challenge WBC World super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt on February 10.
GAB acted swiftly on the request of Magali’s manager Brico Santig in La Trinidad, Benguet to shorten the boxer’s rest period.
In a letter from GAB furnished to SunStar Baguio by Santig, the boxing and medical division of the agency did not allow in shortening his boxer’s rest period of 45 days from his previous fight which he won by a 10th round technical knockout against Japanese challenger Masatoshi Kotani on January 13 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
GAB boxing chief Dioscoro Bautista in the letter said Magali’s last fight was not considered an easy fight or a light punishment and is not qualified for the shortened rest period. Magali will be 17 days short of the 45 days mandatory rest period on Feb. 10.
“Hindi namin pinayagan kasi talagang kulang ng rest period. May mga tumatakas pero pag nalalaman namin, nasususpende sila. Ang malungkot lang, gumagwa sila ng paraan,” added Mitra.
The official said as of now, GAB will strictly enforce suspension to those erring boxers and soon enough will be handing out cancellation of licenses. (Roderick Osis)