Philippines vs Vietnam women’s boxing tilt on Sunday

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By Nars Padilla

Kafagway Roundup

Friday, March 1, 2013


TOP women amateur boxers from the Philippines will showcase their boxing prowess against their counterparts from Vietnam billed at the University of Baguio gym tomorrow, Sunday, March 3. The curtains go up at 3pm according to JB Bautista, university president, who was vividly gladdened and honored for the distinguished opportunity for the institution to play host to the event for the first international women’s boxing duel meet to be held in the country.

At least six matches will crowd the afternoon boxfest. Pinoy world boxing gold medalist Josie Gabuco, a lightweight champion from UB and teammate Maricris Ingam, will lead the Filipinas in the quest for pride and glory. Gabuco will take on Vietnam’s national titlist Nguyen Thi Yen in the opening bout while Igam, Kafagway sports 2012 boxer of the year awardee will display her wares against Dang Mai Lenk.

In the flyweight (51kgs) category, UB’s budding fighter will face Vietnam’s Lum Thi Hanh, a bronze medalist in the last Asian Games. In the bantamweight (54kgs) division, Nicezza Petecio from the Philippine National Team will match talent and skills against Pham Thu Hen. To highlight the dual friendship boxfest, Philippines Nesty Petecio and Margie Waga will take on Ha Thi Link and Carlean Rivas respectively.

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Bautista said the winners as well as the losers in all the events will receive medals of honor from the university. The best boxer will also be presented a special award while the best team, recording the most member of wins in the tournament will receive the overall championship trophy courtesy of UB, a partner in the organizing committee headed by Team Vietnam delegation head and manager Nguyen Nau Cuong, Vietnam Filipino boxing coach Boy Catolico and event coordinator Ed Laureano, UB athletic director.

Last Friday morning, the Vietnamese paid a call on Bautista at his UB office. The brief meeting was accentuated with exchange of pleasantries and big broad smiles by the host and the visitors. The Sunday world class women’s boxing offering is free. This is one sports promotion we should not miss.

Catolico and Laureano said a brief welcome program will usher in the sportsfest. Bautista will welcome the protagonists while Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas will grace the occasion as guest of honor.

Catolico added that the women boxers from Vietnam together with their boxing head arrived in the city a week ago. They are in Baguio for a monthlong training regimen to hone their individual skills in preparation for the forthcoming Southeast Asian Games scheduled in Myanmar this coming December. Another set of Vietnam amateur boxers are slated to train the Philippine Sports Commission National Training Center at Teachers Camp according to Catolico.

Meanwhile, we are inviting all lovers of sports from the city and the Cordilleras and Northern Luzon to join us this Sunday afternoon for the big fight. This is a “once in a blue moon” super palabas in boxing we have to see and enjoy. See you at the UB gym tomorrow.

The Phil-Vietnan Duel Women’s boxing tournament is sanctioned by the Asosasyon ng Boxing sa Pilipinas formerly known as the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 02, 2013.

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