IBA, Zambales – Furious action marked the start of the PLDT-ABAP National Capital Region-Luzon Area tournament Tuesday at the Capitol grounds here.
Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and the provincial government rolled out the red carpet for the no less than 70 boxing clubs participating.
“The NCR-Luzon tourney is the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines’ way of energizing the sport in the region to help it be at par with Visayas and Mindanao,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas.
In Tuesday’s matches, Aldrin Signar of Tayabas won, 17-7, over Eljay Taparo of Kabaka Manila in the 46 kg. junior boys pinweight division; Matnog-B’s Raymark Foster defeated Ben John Magno of Zambales, 15 -7; and Fernel Gaspi of Sorsogon nipped Jomari Ferdiloses of Zambales-A, 6-3.
In the 48kg junior boys light flyweight.class, La Union’s Aldrin Tatunay turned back Arche Esteleydes of Tayabas, 8-4; Arnold delos Santos of Olongapo stopped Marjohn Jakaran of Zambales (RSC) in the second round; and Rizal Technological University’s Porferio Aus Jr. halted Tarlac’s Jonathan Agus (RSC) also in the second round.
In the lone 46kg youth boys pinweight bout, Richard Agora of Tayabas scored a second round RSC decision over John Paul Bermudez of Tarlac.
In 49kg youth light flyweight, Ryan Torres of San Fernando City defeated Alvin Defeo of Rizal Tech, 1712; and Reynard Sitenta of Zambales forced the first round retirement of Urdaneta’s Jerome Pacun.
And in the 53 kg youth boys flyweight class, Jess Ganayan of Iba, Zamabales scored a first round RSC victory over Kevin Puzon of La Union, and Kabaka Manila’s Jay Mingote downed Rodolfo Baino of Laguna, 16-7.
The winners here, along with the qualifiers from the other regional competitions -- Bago City (Visayas) and General Santos City (Mindanao) -- will lock horns in the National Championship set Feb. 17-23 in Maasin, Southern Leyte.
“We welcome all boxers and their coaches and trainers to our beloved province,” said Ebdane, a former PNP chief and secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
“This is our small way of contributing to ABAP’s grassroots development program and overall effort to produce the country’s first Olympic gold medalist,” Ebdane added.
The RP boxers are also gearing up for a much earlier challenge: the Asian Youth Boxing Championship from March 10-17 in Subic with 20 to 25 countries participating.