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    Bigger, better fights in store for local boxers after OPBF moves offices to Manila

    Jun 23, 2015

    PROMISING Filipino pro boxers will now have a better chance of being involved in quality fights and title bouts as the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation office is heading to Manila.

    Games and Amusement Board (GAB) chairman Ramon Guanzon has recently been designated as president of the OPBF during its last convention held in Bacolod City, taking over from Yewkow Hayashi of Japan.

    “We anticipate more fights in the Philippines for deserving Filipino boxers,” said Guanzon.

    The GAB chairman is expecting more promoters to arrange OPBF title fights here since it’s easier to communicate personally than through email.

    “We could help Filipino boxers, but we are also open to other non-Filipino deserving boxers.”

    Meanwhile, Guanzon insisted national team stalwarts Charly Suarez and Mark Anthony Barriga should now be considered as professionals since joining the Aiba Pro Boxing Tournament.

    As a result, the two needs to secure fighting licenses from the GAB, which Suarez and Barriga have failed to do.

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    “If something happens to them, there is nothing we could do because they are professionals as far as we are concerned,” said Guanzon.

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