Garces dominates, advances to Abap nationals finals

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Saturday, July 5, 2014


DIGOS CITY — Fifteen-year-old Kit Ceron Garces displayed lots of determination to dominate Jeffrey Orello of Maasin City to score a unanimous decision win in the semifinal round of the Jr. Boys Flyweight (50kgs) Division of the PLDT-ABAP National Amateur Boxing Championships at the Digos City Stadium yesterday.

Garces was aggressive from the opening bell and did not allow Orello to create an opportunity to retaliate en route to scoring a 3-0 win to advance to the gold medal round today.

The fourth year high school student of Cansojong Technical-Vocational High School in Talisay City will fight for the gold against Gerald Alvarez of the home team PacMan Boxing Academy in today's finals.

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“I just tried my best so that I can advance to the finals. I tried hard to win every round because I know my opponent also wanted to be in the finals. What I did was just to pressure him in the first round and carried the momentum to the second and third rounds despite his attempt to break my game,” Garces told Sun.Star Cebu in Cebuano.

Garces was the gold medal winner in this same division during the finals held last year in Maasin City.

“I fought underweight last year. I was just weighing between 46 and 47 kilograms. Now I am already within the 49 to 50 kgs weight. But my finals opponent was way too old for this division. He was ahead of us, he must be 19 years old or something. We, in Team Cebu City really wondered why he is still fighting in the 15-16 years old category. But nevertheless, I will still give my best shot tomorrow (today). I want to keep my gold medal,” Garces continued.

The other two fighters who fought ahead of Garces were not as lucky.
Peter Monilar Jr. lost to Milenino Anduyan of Leyte in the School Boys (14 years old) Light Pinweight (46kgs) division and Marvin Pomar bid goodbye after losing to Carlo Paalam of Cagayan de Oro City in the Jr. Boys Pinweight (46kgs) Division both via 3-0 decisions.

Monilar is a neophyte campaigner, while Pomar was underweight for his division.

Pomar needed to eat and workout a little to keep-up with the weight requirements which is at least 45kgs during the official weigh-ins.

Monilar and Pomar who will be going home with bronze medal each joined School Boys paperweight campaigner Joe Paul John Tanudra and Youth Boys light flyweight fighter Marco Pomar on the tourist's bus. Tanudra and the older Pomar lost during the quarterfinal round last Friday.

As of press time, two more Cebuano fighters were hoping to make the gold medal round – Youth Boys Flyweight hopeful Junrel Jimenez and Youth Boys Bantamweight fighter Jorge Edusma. (RCM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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