Baguio hosts Tri-Nation Boxing tourney-A A +A
Friday, April 11, 2014
FIGHT fans from all over Baguio and nearbay areas are expected to gather during the Tri-Nation Women’s Boxing match hatched by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines in cooperation with PLDT, Maynilad, and the City.
The match-up, which started April 6, will feature teams from Morocco, Vietnam, and the Philippines will once again square off today, April 12 and on the 15th.
ABAP president and Maynilad chief executive Ricky Vargas personally graced the event to welcome the participants and oversee the tri-nation competition.
"This is actually part of the training camp ABAP is hosting with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission at Baguio Teachers Camp,” said Vargas.
“The Vietnamese and Moroccan federations asked if we could accommodate them and we did. They'll be here about a month. To simulate tournament conditions, we worked with the city government to stage this. We're happy to see it attracted so many people,” he added.
The first two boxing matches will be initially booked in Malcolm Square (People’s Park) where thirteen world-class bouts are slated for viewing and showcase talents including Philippine team member Josie Gabuco, a three-time SEAG gold medallist and Neshty Petecio, 2013 SEAG silver medal winner.
The last stop of the series of first-rate bouts will be housed at the University of Baguio Cardinals gym on the 15th of April.
ABAP vice president Peter Rey Bautista was ecstatic as the city was chosen to host the said sports event.
"This is quite amazing especially for the people of Baguio to witness world-class boxing matches fought by three different national teams," Bauitsta said.
Bautista added with the sports, locals will gain more interest in boxing because only few can witness foreign fighters perform live in the boxing ring.
“It really increases the local people’s love for the sport, as we see many are present here not only for our fellow Filipino fighters but also to cheer for our visiting competitors as well,” Bautista added.
While no prizes or medals are given out to the winners of the events, all three teams take their matches seriously in order to train and gain experience from the event set as a preparation for future international encounters.
Local spectators are expected to double the previous attendance as the second part of the boxing matches at the Justice George Malcolm Square will start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 12, 2014.