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    Jade Bornea moves closer to a world title; Kevin Alas talks about free agency.

    Jade Bornea a step closer to world title shot

    Jade BorneaJade Bornea remains unbeaten.

    JADE Bornea made short work of Mohammed Obbadi in the IBF super-flyweight title eliminator in Monterrey, Mexico Saturday night (Manila time).

    The 26-year-old fighter from Arakan, Cotabato Del Norte, stopped his Moroccan foe in the third round.

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    He earns a shot at the IBF super-flyweight crown held by Jerwin Ancajas.

    Bornea is unbeaten in 17 fights, while the 28-year-old Obbadi is now at 22-2 (13 KOs).

    Ancajas, 29, needs to get past Fernando Martinez of Argentina next month to arrange the mandatory title defense against Bornea.

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    Kevin Alas on free agency

    Kevin AlasKevin Alas says he will stay with NLEX.

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    KEVIN Alas is determined to repay his coaches’ and team’s trust, saying he would like to stay with NLEX for the rest of his career.

    “Kung bibigyan ako ng opportunity, I want to finish my career diyan sa NLEX,” said Alas the No. 2 pick behind Stanley Pringle in the 2014 PBA draft.

    PBA free agency has become a bit of a hot topic with two players from that rookie pool, Rodney Brondial and John Pinto, moving to San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra, respectively.

    “I respect their decision kasi it’s within the rules naman, e. And at the same time, baka they feel it’s a better opportunity for them as a player,” he said.

    “To be honest, kung expired ‘yung contract ko ngayon, NLEX pa rin yung no. 1 priority ko,” said Alas. “Alam ninyo naman na dalawang beses ako na-ACL and yet naging patient yung NLEX management and coaching staff sa akin.”

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    Filbasket to comply with GAB requirement

    Jai Reyes Baham Mitra Filbasket

    GAB chairman Baham Mitra says Filbasket is classified as a professional league; league commissioner Jai Reyes says otherwise.

    FILBASKET said that it is ready to apply for a professional status for its next competitions after the Office of the President declared the new league's first tournament as 'unlawful.'

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    Commissioner Jai Reyes indicated that it started talks with the Games and Amusements Board last month about its intention to adhere to the office's call for it to apply for a professional status.

    The league submitted then retracted its letter of appeal after GAB deemed its one-month tournament back in November in Subic as professional in nature and the Office of the President declaring the event as unlawful, calling it a violation of Presidential Decree 871 or the law placing pro basketball under GAB supervision.

    GAB earlier labeled Filbasket as a professional tournament since players received salaries from the 11 participating teams.

    Reyes maintained their stand, saying the first tournament was an amateur event and that no salaries were given to the players who participated, but only allowances "to help them given the pandemic."

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