Panabo boxers govern Davraa

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Friday, February 14, 2014


PANABO City pugs, all mainstays of the highly-touted Barangay Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte, lorded over their rivals by pocketing a total of four gold medals and one silver in the just-concluded 2014 Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet in Tagum City.

Mati City took one gold and one silver, while Compostela Valley and Davao City garnered one silver and three bronzes each. Davao del Sur had one silver even as Digos City salvaged two bronzes.

Panabo's Ken Jade Cedrick Solomon defeated Leomar Antoling of Mati City via technical knockout in the first round of their secondary boys light mosquitoweight gold medal bout.

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Antoling settled for the silver instead, while Eric Jell Gongora of Compostela Valley and Kristian Carl Amben of Davao City shared the bronze.

Joechebed Arellano, for his part, gave Panabo a gold in the mosquitoweight event after beating John Ed Noel Previndido of Davao del Sur in a unanimous decision. Davao City's Elmer Mones and Mati's Mark Catubigan each went home with a bronze.

The pinweight gold went to Ven Joshua Vanguardia of Panabo City who won another unanimous decision bout over Jun Milardo Ogayre of Davao City.

Bronze winners were Jerald Goc-ong and Redeem Recopelacion of Digos City.

Panabo's fourth gold came from Paul Julyfer Bascon who stopped John Michael Porras of Compostela Valley via TKO in the second round of the light flyweight class. Joey Bongcales of Compostela Valley and Jericho Ambrobueno of Digos City each salvaged a bronze.

A Mati pug clinched the mosquitoweight gold in a split decision over Christian Austria of Panabo City. Compostela Valley's Jayson Rey Mendoza pocketed the bronze.

Panabo finished third over-all in the regional qualifying for the Palarong Pambansa with a total medal haul of 32 golds, 40 silvers and 65 bronzes.

Davao City retained its over-all title with 187 golds, 101 silvers and 52 bronzes.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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