Boxing bouts heat up Strawberry Fest

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Friday, March 21, 2014


ELEVEN boxing matches including the Asean Boxing Championship Flyweight Title are in line as Highland Naris Boxing Promotions presents "Strawberry Punch" at the Benguet State University starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Dubbed “King of the Ring”, the sporting event is expected to gather hundreds of spectators from all over the province and neighboring places as one of the highlighted events of the 34th staging of the annual Strawberry Festival in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Event promoter Brico Santig said the event will just be one of the many promotions they will bring to the municipality to bring back the popularity of the sport.

“The lined-up events will surely be an exciting one not only because an international title is at stake in the main event but also because many of the prospective boxers from the region will also fight in the undercard matches,” Santig said during a press conference.

The event in coordination with the municipality of La Trinidad and the Happy Homes Development and Training Inc., is headlined by Ben Mananquil of the Manny Pacquiao Stable in Manila against WBC/WBA Contender Michael Rodriguez from General Santos City for the ABC Flyweight Title.

Mananquil and Rodriguez both said they will surely offer the crowd a fairly explosive display of boxing.

“Sa ring nalang kami magkakasubukan, championship title ang pinag-uusapan dito kaya dapat lang na maging maganda ang performance na ipapakita ko doon sa laban namin,” said Mananquil.
On the other hand, Rodriguez thought otherwise saying he will have the edge during the fight night.

“Lamang siguro ako sa speed, although lahat naman ng workout pinagtuunan namin ng pansin sa training palagay ko dun ko siya tatalunin sa magiging laban namin.” Rodriguez quipped.

Included in the co-main event will be the match-up between Bokod’s Amor Tino against La Trinidad’s Alejandro Anas for the Luzon Professional Boxing Association (LUZPROBA) championship in the 147-pound category.
Undercard fights include Norj Guro from La Tinidad against Rosemarie Cruz of Makati City, Charlean Rivas from Pampanga versus Oshiru Tamami from Japan, together with Japanese Kaito Hattori opposite Ronnie Regino from Cavite, and Riku Kanou against Rogie Cantos also from Cavite.

Amateur boxing bouts will also be in display highlighting locals including Team Lakay boxer Danny Kingad versus Aaron Gaspay from Ambiong, Jeremy Pakatiw from Team Lakay-Kapangan opposite Julius Binoj-lan from Ifugao-Malayan Stable, Baguio City’s Stephen Loman up against Jackson Catalino of Kesbeng La Trinidad, Lakay boxer Joshua Pacio versus Jaybee Ban-eg of Betag La Trinidad, together with Team Lakay-Baguio Arnold Agapito duelling with Japanese Kinta Ide.

La Tinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda also assured her full support in the event.

“Rest assured that La Trinidad including me, personally, will offer all of my upkeep in any way I can to promote sports including boxing specially here in our municipality.” Tabanda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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