LONG-TIME boxing promoter Juan Ramon "Monju" Guanzon, also the president of Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association (Baba), is hopeful that this year would be a better year for everyone.
“It’s not only boxing which has been affected by Covid-19. I can’t remember any sector that has not been moved by the pandemic,” Guanzon said.
“What is important is that we survived. I’m still hopeful that we will be able to reach our plans and achieve our objectives in 2021,” added the former Games and Amusement Board chairman.
He further stressed that like the sports' teachings, we need to persevere and have patience.
“I wish that we have a peaceful new year -- not only a happy new year. It’s because happiness is just temporary but, having a peaceful living would last,” he said.
Meanwhile, Baba also handed over hundreds of food packs to its professional and amateur boxers which they shared during new year’s eve.
According to Baba, the food packs include rice, loaf bread, a bottle of peanut butter, a pack of hotdog, and a dozen of soda drinks.
“During these difficult times of pandemic, these simple gifts mean a lot to everyone. Something that our boxers can share with their families during the new year celebration,” Baba said in a statement.
The association also recognized the immediate need of the families of their boxers who haven’t seen action since the quarantine period began in March of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, to follow the health protocols, Baba requested the boxers to observe social distancing during the hand over of food packs while others were brought by coaches to their respective barangays to minimize physical contact.
It was recalled that prior to the pandemic, BABA was able to run weekly tournaments which gave every boxer a take-home incentive — aside from the opportunity to be developed as future stars in this sport.
The association also would like to thank Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and the city council for their continuing support to the boxing development in the city.