Piñol, Quiboloy sign up 6 pro, amateur boxers

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


SIX professional and amateur boxers from Mindanao yesterday signed an exclusive contract under the management of former North Cotabato Gov. Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol and Pastor Apolo C. Quiboloy.

Piñol, starting May 21, 2014, will have the direct control and direction over the professional boxing careers of reigning International Boxing Organization (IBO) superflyweight champion Edrin "The Sting" Dapudong, 28, of Barangay Pag-asa, M'lang, North Cotabato; former WBO Oriental featherweight champion Lorenzo "Thunderbolt" Villanueva, 29, of Bual Norte, Midsayap, North Cotabato; and former WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion Rolando "Smooth Operator" Magbanua, 29, of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.

The other three boxers are former WBO Oriental miniflyweight champion Rommel "Little Assassin" Asenjo, 23, of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato; Roskie "Kapre" Cristobal, 20, of President Roxas, North Cotabato; and former three-time Palarong Pambansa gold medalist John Michael "Wangbu" Sarguilla, 23, of Midsayap, North Cotabato.

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Piñol, in a press conference, said the six boxers will be managed by Sonshine Sports Management, which is Quiboloy's brainchild.

He said the six boxers will get the proper training and benefits that they deserve.

"Daghan ta ug maayo nga mga local boxers, pero kulang ta ug trainers (We have plenty of good local boxers but we lack trainers)," he said.
Piñol said the Sonshine Sports Management will also hire foreign trainers.

Quiboloy, meanwhile, said the Sonshine Sports Management will serve as an avenue for local boxers to train and compete internationally.

"I hope we will be able to sustain it. Ang talent gyud sa Pinoy gusto nako mailhan sa tibuok kalibutan (I want the Pinoy talent to be known worldwide)," Quiboloy said.

"We will support them. We will be the backbone of these boxers," he said.
He also disclosed that the King Dome, a 65,000-seater indoor cathedral, will soon cater to all types of sports. Construction of the P3-billion facility is expected to be completed by 2015.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 22, 2014.

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