Cebu’s golden boys

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


DIGOS CITY — Team Cebu City Boxing won all of their gold medal battles at the culmination of the PLDT-Abap National Amateur Boxing Championships held at the Digos City Stadium last night.

Kit Ceron Garces, Junrel Jimenez and Jorge Edusma will go home with gold medals hanging from their necks, while Peter Monilar Jr. and Marvin Pomar won bronze medals each after five days of a gruelling boxing competition that was participated by 104 boxers from 19 teams from all over the country.

Garces gave Gerald Alvarez of the home team Pacman-A a neat boxing lesson en route to scoring a unanimous decision win the Jr. Boys Flyweight (50kgs) division, Jimenez scored the classiest win – a TKO victory at the 1:55 mark of the second round against Ryan Torres of San Fernando, La Union to win the Youth Boys Flyweight (52kgs) gilt.

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Edusma scored a lopsided unanimous decision win over Gilbert Rey Jerusalem of Camiguin for the Youth Boys Bantamweight (60kgs) gold.

“I was very happy because I accomplished what I promised to my principal and teachers at Cansojong Technical-Vocational High School. I promised them that I would bring home a gold medal now here it is,” Garces told Sun.Star Cebu after the fight.

Knowing that he would have no chance of winning the gold medal if he will fight Alvarez head on, Garces used his quickness and boxing smarts to beat the homecrowd favorite.

And for winning the gold medal, he was rewarded with P2,000 incentives by the organizers, which he planned to give to his mother.

Garces, also won the gold medal last year in Maasin City National Finals, a Palarong Pambansa and a Batang Pinoy gold medal winner.

Jimenez meanwhile, proved he was a cut above the rest as he showed Torres not only his excellent boxing skill but power punches as well.

“Nakuka lang nako ang ako power sa sige og practice. I listened to my corner, to study the moves of my opponent and when I had his game I went for the kill on the second round,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez was very tentative on the first round, he was even warned for not throwing a punch four times by the referee.

But when Alvarez believed he got Jimenez under his pocket, it was when the first year Hotel and Restaurant Management student of Southwestern University, unleased his killer punches.

A right hook and a booming straight put Alvarez on the canvas. Although he beat the eight counts, Jimenez was there for the kill as the Alaska, Mambaling native puncher unleashed heavy loads to the body and head of the La Union fighter.

Edusma, on the other hand, looked headed to score the second stoppage of the night when he made Jerusalem a moving target in the opening round.

However, the Camiguin fighter withstood Edusma’s heavy bombs and finished the match—although heavily outclassed.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2014.

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