PROSPECTIVE boxers from Luzon get to show their talent and skills as the ALA-Cobra Tunay na Lakas Boxing Tour finally invades the country’s largest island starting this Saturday in Mandaluyong City.
Confined in the Visayas and Mindanao region the past three years, the ring tour makes its maiden show in Luzon and the National Capital Region over the weekend featuring a six-fight card headlined by Rene Bestodio against Jonel Alivio.
Appearing in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate, ALA Promotions vice-president Dennis Canete said the desire to explore Luzon as the next possible boxing haven prompted the Cebu-based ring stable to bring the yearly tournament up north and not limit it within the confines of the VisMin area.
“Sa laki ng Luzon, alam namin maraming potential fighters dito who can become champion someday. That’s why naisipan namin to extend the ALA-Cobra Tunay na Lakas Boxing Tour here to give fighters from Luzon the avenue to showcase their talent and skills,” he said.
ALA Promotions events manager Claire Anlukban, who was also a guest in the session presented by Shakey’s and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation, cited reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight champion Merlito Sabillo and undefeated world title prospect King Arthur Villanueva as among those who were products of the boxing tour during its staging in the Visayas-Mindanao region.
“Diyan sila nagsimula before reaching their current status,” said Anlukban.
The Luzon tour will be held simultaneously with the VisMin tour, making boxing tournaments in the country on a year-round basis similar to what Mexico does.
“It’s almost the same blueprint which Mexico follows, kaya ang daming boxing tournaments doon where you can really see a lot of talent and potential,” added Canete.
After the Mandaluyong stage, the ALA-Cobra Tunay na Lakas Boxing Tour goes to Laguna Province next month, followed by Makati on November, Rizal Province in December, and Cavite City in January 2014.
The boxing card is free to the public, with the first fight starting at 6 p.m.
Others included in the fight card are Jimmy Aducal against Argie Toquero, Jesame Dela Serna versus Richard Claveras, JC Francisco opposite Dexter Dimaculangan, Robin Dingkong versus Joel Lumangcag, and Philip Luis Cuerdo against Roderick Naduma.