Bago Boxers Scored Wins in PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Slugfest
Young boxers of host-Bago City lifted to the home crowd’s expectations when they notches 3 wins in the opening of the PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup 2017 Preliminaries – Visayas over the weekend at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center.
Rodel Gamo convincing won via unanimous decision over visiting Omega-Mandaue’s Alex Andrei Bonita in the junior boys pinweight (44-46 kg.) category as Joshua Belicena – a 2016 Palarong Pambansa silver medalist, triumphed over Murcia’s Julius Salbibia via unanimous decision in the junior boys flyweight (50 kg.) division.
Kim Catedrilla, meanwhile, sealed the opening day victory for the host-city with a stoppage over Sipalay City’s Rey Penafiel in 1:59 of Round 1 in the junior boys pinweight.
For Bago City coach Larry Semillano, who was a 1997 SEA Games gold medalist, this was a good start for his team and hoping that it will continue throughout the tournament.
Sipalay City, however, salvaged the last 2 bouts in Day-1 courtesy of Nixon Anito and Jay Torela Jr., who both survived via split decisions.
Anito defeated Cres John Demafiles of La Carlota City in the junior boys flyweight (50 kg.) while Torela beat Escalante’s Rojean Sabordo in the bantamweight (52 kg.) category.
Negros Occidental’s Kane Paul Redondo made the first victory by stopping Maasin City’s Simon Kay Canon by referee-stop-contest (RSC) in 1:17 minute of the opening round in the junior boys pinweight.
Other results: junior boys pinweight –Angelo Bulasa Jr. (Cebu City) won by UD against Jovelen Abrenica (Cebu City Sports Institute), and Kent Perocho (Escalante) won by split decision (3-2) over Cresante Caballero (Victorias City); while for junior boys light flyweight –Joenel Francisco (Murcia) stopped Perlito Escalamada Jr. (San CarlosCity) by RSC in 1:13 of Round 2, and Gaudfrey Lubiano (Mandaue-Omega) won against Jhayve Donaire (Maasin) by split decision (3-2).
During the opening, Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo, who welcomed the teams and guests, thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for bringing the grassroots development program to their city.
Bago City has been dubbed as the “Boxing Capital of the Philippines” after producing numerous Olympian boxers in the country. Among those Olympian boxers is Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who was also present during the opening rites. Meanwhile, his older brother – Roel, was the 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist.
Meanwhile, supervising technical director Rogelio Fortaleza of the Philippine Sports Institute stressed that through this program, the country may able to discover more Manny Pacquiaos and Velasco brothers.*