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Friday, December 13, 2013


FOUR years and one month after he won a match against the Grim Reaper, Z Gorres is now recovering fast and moving well.

The fighter, who was once known as “The Dream,” had lost his quest to become a world champion, but became a hero nonetheless, conquering a more important battle—to save his life.

“I never had any doubt, I never lost hope. I always thought of positive things,” Gorres said as Sun.Star Cebu visited him at the home of his parents in Yati, Liloan yesterday.

He can now walk by himself and he can speak clearly now.

On Nov. 13, 2009, Gorres nearly became a statistics to the growing list of ring deaths, when he collapsed right after he was declared winner by unanimous decision over Colombian Luis Melendez in Mandalay Bay House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Coach Edito (Villamor) told me that before I collapsed, I told him I was not feeling well and when we were about to go down the ring, I complained that I can’t move my feet then collapsed,” Gorres recalled.

He was quickly rushed at the UMC Hospital where he underwent a series of operation to remove the blood clot on his brain.

After losing his chance to become a world champion, Gorres now dreams of molding a top- notch boxer.

“I hope nga mamaayo na ko. Siguro in two to three years’ time. Gusto ko mo train og boxer aron ako pod ma-share akong nahibaw-an sa boxing.

Nakaagi sad ko og mga top-notch trainer like Buddy McGirt and Freddie Roach. Giingnan na ko ni sir ALA nga inig maayo na ko iya ko kuhaon sa ilang mga promotions,” he said.

For a profession like his, Gorres’ advice to the young fighters is to train hard to prepare their body for the tough fights.

“But above all, prayers. Ampo lang gyud aron walay dautan mahitabo,” Gorres added.

Five days ago, a 16-year old amateur boxer, Jonas Joshua Garcia of San Miguel, Bulacan, collapsed during his fight in the DepEd-organized Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association boxing match and is still in comatose in a hospital in Zambales.

“Ang aksidente dili gyud matag-an. Ang importante lang gyud insakto ang preparasyon. Sa amateur boxing, mas protektado man ang mga boxer kay mas baga ang gloves unya naa pay head gear. Pero sa nahitabo niya (referring to Garica) disgrasya lang gyud. Sa akong bahin nag pasalamat lang gyud ko nga gipa training ug gi pa-prepare gyud mi ni sir ALA (Antonio Lopez Aldeguer) kay kon dili pa gyud ko preparado, siguro kahon (coffin) na gyud ko,” Gorres added.

As of the moment, Gorres is setting his sights on a full recovery so he could get back in to the ring as a trainor.

“Nagsigi gihapon ko og therapy karon. Kaluoy sa Ginoo, makalakaw na ko og layo-layo unya nawala na ang kurog sa akong kamot ug tuhod.

Hinay-hinay lang gyud,” the 31-year old, one time world title challenger added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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