‘Disappointing end’

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Monday, March 3, 2014


MAASIN CITY--Disappointing finishes led to ALA Gym and Bago City sharing the overall title in the PLDT-Abap Visayas Area Boxing Championship held last Sunday at the Maasin City Gymnasium.

But nothing was more disappointing than that of Team Cebu City Boxing, which was the top favorite to win the overall title but instead ended up as the second runner-up with only two gold medals and three silvers. ALA Gym and Bago City won three golds, one silver and one bronze medal.

Cebu City’s downfall started when Marvin Pomar lost to Romie Evale of Maasin City via split decision 2-1 for the junior boys pinweight gold medal.

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Cebu City fighters regrouped and Marco Pomar won the junior boys light flyweight gold medal over Giovanne Argate of Leyte Sports Academy via 3-0 win and Kit Ceron Garces got the junior boys flyweight gold after a 3-0 win over Jeffrey Orello of Maasin City.

However, Cebu City’s best bet and last year’s national gold medal winner Junrel Jimenez lost his bid in a controversial 2-1 loss to Cresan Paul Diacamos of Bago City for the youth boys light flyweight gold.

Jeorge Edusma could have secured Cebu City the overall title but his performance was only good for two rounds.

Leading on points after the first two rounds, Edusma suddenly steam in the final round and ALA Gym’s Kevin Jake Cataraja took over to win the youth boys bantamweight gold.

ALA Gym had their own share of disappointment when Vicente Casido Jr. lost the youth boys lightweight gold to Bago City’s Jasfer Montano, 3-0 .

Unlike in previous victories, Casido was tentative and awkward against a fighter who was an inch shorter but bigger.

The other gold medal winners for ALA Gym were Kenneth Paul Gentallan in the youth boys flyweight over Andrian de la Cruz and Jeffrey Estella in the junior boys bantamweight over defeated Aljun Batistil.

The other gold medal winner for Bago City was Mario Jaga Jr. in the junior boys light bantamweight. He stopped Marlon Samblaceno of Maasin City in the first round.

Meanwhile, Abap executive director Ed Picson said only those boxers who have fought in the qualifying tournament are allowed to join National Finals, which will be hosted by Rep. Manny Pacquiao either in Saranggani Province or in Digos City.

“Many of those whom we sent invitations to told me that they’ll skip the area qualifying tournament and would go straight to the national finals. That can’t be done. We hold these qualifying tournaments in order to select the best to fight for the national finals and to avoid lopsided matches in the finals,” Picscon said.

The gold and the silver medalists qualify to the national finals along with the fighters whom the national pool coaches believed are worthy to be given a shot for the national gold medal.

Coaches Elias Recaido Jr. and Boy Velasco were there to scout for members of the Philippine national boxing team.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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