Scoring a strong start

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


DIGOS CITY —Team Cebu City boxer Marco Pomar scored a clinical technical knockout win to jumpstart his quest for the gold medal at the start of the 2014 PLDT-ABAP National Championships held here at the Digos City Stadium in Davao del Sur.

Pomar was the first of the seven Cebu City fighters seeking national glory.

He was tentative at the start, even allowing his opponent Danny Boy Tan of San Fernando City, La Union to engage in a toe-to-toe exchange before he was able to dispose off the gritty opponent with a three-punch combination that forced the referee to stop the contest for a TKO win in 1:59 mark of the final third round in the Youth Boys Light Flyweight (49kgs) division.

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Pomar’s victory received a warm applause from boxing superstar and Saranggani Province congressman Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s my way to give back. Dinhi gud ko nagsugod sa akong boxing career. Pwede man nako i-butang ni nga event sa laing lugar pero dinhi nako gihatag kay taga diri man ko,” Pacquiao told Sun.Star Cebu.

Pacquaio elaborated in his speech that he is very thankful to the people of Digos, who embraced him as their own especially when he was still a nobody.

“Sa kadugay na sa panahon, karon pa ko nakapasalamt sa inyong tanan (people of Digos City). Pero dili lang ni ang katapusan nga akong dalhon dinhi ang national championship, may susunod pang hosting dito sa Digos maybe next year,” added Pacquiao, who also sits as a member of the Abap board representing Southern Mindanao.

Pacquiao spent three years as one of the amateur fighters in Digos City from 1992 to1995 before he went to Manila to try his lucks in the pros.

Pomar, meanwhile, was very happy upon seeing Pacquiao applauding his performance.

“Nalipay ko kay nipakpak man si Manny nako. Idol gyud nako na. Ako gyud paninguhaon nga maka gold ko,” Pomar told Sun.Star Cebu.

Aside from Pacquiao, Digos City Mayor Jojo Peñas, Davao del Sur Gov. Claude Bautista and Abap executive director Ed Picson said their respective pieces.

The host officials welcomed and thanked the participants especially the out of town teams that come as far as San Fernando City in La Union and Tayabas in Quezon Province in Luzon.

Today, three other Team Cebu City fighters Kit Cerin Garces in the Junior Boys Flyweight (50kgs), Junrel Jimenez in the Youth Boys Flyweight (52kgs) and Jorge Edusma in the Youth Boys Bantamweight (56kgs) contender will try to advance to the next round as they fight Viovanne Argate of Leyte, Reymark Jay Ibones of Lutayan Sultan Kudarat and Marvin Esquierdo of Cagayan de Oro City, respectively.

The others who were sent by the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) were Marvin Pomar (Jr. Boys Pinweight), Peter Molinar Jr. (School Boys 46kgs) and Joe Paul John Tanudra (School Boys 44kgs).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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