Oro boxing team wins 8 gold in Batang Pinoy

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


IN A national amateur boxing tournament that started January 28 until February 1, boxers from Cagayan de Oro bagged eight medals, rendering them champions during the Batang Pinoy boxing tournament in Bacolod City.

Luijie Bangalan from the kiddieweight division, Carlo Paalam from the light pinweight division and Mark Lumbab from the light flyweight division won gold medals.

Silver medals were also won by Aldrin Pamisa Jr. for the powderweight division, Harry Basadre for the light mosquitoweight division, Francis Diaz for the light paperweight division, Junil Pamisa for the pinweight division and Falcon Ocaña for the flyweight division.

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The boxing team head coach, Elmer Pamisa, said out of nine boxers who played in the tournament eight of them won with a medal.

“They are potential boxers,” he said.

Pamisa said the team battled against 26 amateur boxing teams in the country and won the national champion award.

“These boxers started fighting from January 28 to February 1 without rest,” Pamisa said adding that the boxers’ big dreams inspire them during their painstaking trainings.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno in his speech during the flag ceremony Monday told the boxers that they are not ordinary because they topped in their field.

“They are national amateur champions, they are on top on boxing field based on their age group,” Moreno said.

Worked hard

Bangalan who is a gold medalist told Sun*Star Cagayan de Oro that he endured the practices for the people of Cagayan de Oro.

Bangalan, 12, is a student of Upper Carmen elementary school.

Before the tournament, he jogged every morning to lose weight

Bangalan said his opponent from Bacolod almost defeated him but he endured through the fight and won.

“His punches were strong and he almost got me, but the trainings I had helped me endured and won over my opponent,” said Bangalan.

Paalam who also won a gold medal said the trainings and the bouts were tiring but he could deal with it.

The young boxer has been training for five years now and it paid off during the tournament.

He said he defeated four boxers from different teams, and one of them surrendered during the second round for reasons he did not know.

Paalam added his favorite boxer is a Cuban boxer, Guillermo Rigondeaux, who trounced the Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire in their recent bout.

“My idol is Guillermo Rigondeaux, and I practiced hard to win the gold medal before the tournament,” he said.

Paalam said his ‘killer punch’ was his upper cut and straight cut.

Assistant head coach, Guilberto Basadre, said their trainings are intense during mornings and late afternoons.

He added the young boxers need to control their eating habit and exercise a lot to maintain or lose weight, and increase their endurance during fights.

“Our training is long-term especially when these boxers have a scheduled bout. They need to lose or increase weight if needed, so they need self-discipline,” said Basadre.

Feared

Moreno said that previously the boxers from Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro are afraid of the other teams and want to evade them during tournaments.

“Before, in 2005, when the team was just starting, we tried to evade tougher teams like the one in Gensan among others,” said Moreno.

But recently, it is the other teams who are now evading the boxers from the province.

The boxer who didn’t bring home a medal knocked his opponent down twice but failed to defeat him.

Moreno said the right time for the boxer to win hasn’t come yet.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 04, 2014.

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