Tino, Anas settles for draw, Mananquil wins vacant ABF crown

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


BOKOD pride Amor Tino and La Trinidad prospect Alejandro Anas boxed until the final bell of their eight rounder in their Luzon Professional Boxing Association (Luzproba) championship match only to settle for a majority decision.

The former WBO Youth lightweight title holder Tino slugged it out toe to toe with Anas but ring judges saw it at 78-74, 76-76, 76-76, in the co main event of the fight dubbed Strawberry Punch King of the Ring at the packed BSU closed gym during the weekend.

In the main event of the night, unbeaten Filipino flyweight Ben Mananquil was forced to go the distance against crafty Gensan journeyman Michael Rodriguez to capture by unanimous decision the Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) Flyweight Title.

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The 10-round win marked Ben Mananquil's return to action after his highly controversial August 2013 draw against world-rated Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym in Chum Saeng, Thailand.

“There were no knockouts, but all fights were competitive specially our main event. The fans we’re also treated to world class boxing with the quality of matches that we had,” said WBC Asian Promoter of the Year awardee Brico Santig.

The boxing event coincided with the month long celebration of the Strawberry festival of the Municipality of La Trinidad with eleven boxing bouts showcasing talents as far as Manila, Cavite, Zamboanga, General Santos City, including Japan and local boxers.

The event is in coordination with the Municipality of La Trinidad, Happy Homes Development and Training Inc., and MJ Gacad Inc.

In the undercards, La Trinidad’s Norj Guro (7-3-1, 4 KO’s) outpointed Rosemarie Cruz in their four rounder while Filipina 105-pounder Carleans "Chay" Rivas (3-1-3, 0 KO's) scored a 4-round unanimous decision win over the cute Japanese debutant Oshiru Tamami (0-1, 0 KO's).

Earlier, Japanese jr. flyweight rookie Kaito Hattori (1-0-1, 0 KO's) outpointed Filipino Ronnie Rejino (0-2, 0 KO's) in their 4-rounder action clash.

In the 108-pound box off, Riku Kanou (1-1-, 0 KO's) of Japan got the nod over Filipino Rogie Cantos (1-6, 1 KO).

Other amateur boxing bouts highlighting locals pugs included 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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