MAASIN City, Leyte – Despite the very short notice, the 2014 PLDT-ABAP Visayas Area Amateur Boxing tournament started with a lot of enthusiasm at the Maasin City Gymnasium, here over the weekend.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) president Ricky Vargas was thankful for Maasin Mayor Maloney Samaco on his continued support to the program which aims to scout new recruits to the national boxing pool.
“I am expressing my appreciation to Maasin City mayor Maloney Samaco for being a staunch partner in our efforts to discover fresh boxing talents. The tournament aims to identity potential recruits to the national boxing pool under ABAP,” Vargas said.
According to ABAP executive director Ed Picson, Mayor Samaco came to the rescue when they were in frantic search for a city to host the qualifying event.
“This tournament was supposed to be in Tacloban last December but the city is incapable of hosting. So we looked for possible cities. But the other cities were also unavailable because of the typhoon and the earthquake, plus Bacolod just hosted the Batang Pinoy Finals last January. That’s when Mayor Samaco offered his city,” Picson said.
Even with the two-week notice, the Visayas qualifying tournament drew nine teams, including powerhouse Bago City, Cebu City, and host Maasin.