FORMER World Boxing Organization junior lightwelter-weight champion Amor Tino and Nathan Bolcio suffered telling blows as they bowed out of contention at the close of the Baguio-leg of the First Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) Inter-national Friendship Cup recently.
Tino was outlasted by Rolando Tacuyan in the Baguio stop of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines' (ABAP) series of box-offs for membership in the Philippine team.
Tacuyan, only 19, engaged the much-experienced and older Tino in a final round, toe-to-toe exchanges to earn the nod of the judges for a slim, 26-24, victory which bolstered his chances of duplicating his father Orlando's and brother Orlando Jr.'s feats of making it to the national squad in separate eras.
The national MVP Cup, dedicated to ABAP chairman and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. head Manny Pangilinan on his birthday, is set on July 14 to 19 at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum.
Nathan Bolcio, who will be among the main events in the upcoming Great Fights at the Heights this coming July 18 suffered a 29-17 loss to Jogen Ladon of Bago City.
Leading the Baguio leg's victors was light-flyweight Bill Vicera, gold medal winner in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) and the 2005 President's Cup in Indonesia who like Tacuyan, could assure himself of a seat in the two national men's teams ABAP is forming for the MVP Cup by outclassing Jackson Nimenia of the host city, 25-9.
The younger Vicera, representing Bago City in Negros Occidental and winner of the featherweight division in last year's RP-Guam dual meet, outmaneuvered Ivan Rodriguez of Baguio, 25-10, while Nietes of Bacolod City beat Leonel Mark Duran, 25-12 in their flyweight clash.
Glicerio Catolico 3rd, son of national coach Boy Catolico, caught No. 5 bantamweight challenger Javier Malaulan of Benguet gasping for breath scoring a lopsided 39-19 verdict.
Light flyweight Crisanto Godaren of Baguio defeated Ian Clark Bautista, 20-19, and comebacking Delfin Boholst showed the way against Dennis Valvan, 23-14, in their lightwelter, all-amateur encounter.
The only two women's division collisions saw SEA Games light-fly gold medalist Alice Kate Aparri mangling Maricris Igam of Palawan, 19-9, a win matched by bantam-weight Irish Magno, 33-11, over Naome Tacda of Bohol.