Vol. XX No. 99

December 6, 2000

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Major Developments

Pro boxers' grit awes big crowd

The ability of professional boxers to dish out and receive relentless punishment drew the enthusiastic appreciation of a big crowd of boxing aficionados in last Saturday's Bakbakan sa Virac.

Despite a disappointing main event which ended in an unfortunate technical draw, the audience which included National Telecommunications Commission top honcho Joseph A. Santiago erupted in applause after each pro fight. Also in the audience were former Gov. Severo C. Alcantara, Virac Mayor Jose U. Alberto II, Bato Mayor Lorenzo Templonuevo, Jr. and San Miguel Mayor Francisco Camano, Jr.

The 10-round mainer failed to get past the first three minutes, with referee Ver Abainza raising the hands of both fighters in a technical draw due to an accidental headbutt.

Undefeated RP No. 9 Albert Cesa of Cebu Elorde stable had his 8-0 record marred by the draw when he sustained an ugly cut on his left eyelid after the clash of heads with RP No. 4 Alex Guevarra of Mandaluyong Gym. Ring doctor Noe de Jesus ruled Cesa unfit to continue

In the first supporting bout which drew lusty cheers from the appreciative crowd, Elden de la Cruz of Elorde-Samar scored a close majority decision over a game Rodulfo Abad of L&M Gym of Manila in a contest of 123 pounders.

In the only stoppage in the five pro fights, counterpuncher Danny Boy Toyogon of Elorde-Cagayan de Oro City decked Gualberto Tayabas of Obido boxing stable after a series of punches in the latter's gut. The fallen Baguio bet refused to continue at 2:37 of the fifth round.

Elder Romero of Elorde-Samar won the nod of all judges over opponent Rene Banares of Obido-Baguio in the third bout between 115-pound boxers. On the other hand, powerfully-built Buddy Salvador of Obido stable ended up on the floor as the bell rang for the fight with slippery Aden Sarco of Elorde-Leyte but was declared the unanimous victor for his bullheadedness.

In amateur boxing, local bets dominated the seven four-round matches between simonpures from Calabanga, Camarines Sur and three towns of Catanduanes.

The results (Camarines Sur unless otherwise indicated): Bernabe Concepcion (Viga) defeated Ernesto Federico; Mario Olesco (Viga) d. Joel de los Santos; Rodel Mendez (Bato) d. Christopher Otar; Alvin Ogalesco (Viga) d. Antonio Cardoza, Jr.; Ramil Aringo (Bato) d. Rodel Bravo; Rodulfo Pasa d. Lito Matienzo (Virac); and, Jerry de los Santos d. Domingo Tarnate (Viga). In an exhibition bout, Dexter Ian Olonan of Viga mastered Elton Tubiera of Bato in a similar four-rounder.

The amateur matches were officiated by officials of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) Catanduanes chapter headed by president Roberto "Abing" Rodulfo. Among them were referees/judges Vicente "Vic" Tadoy, Juan "Johnny" Tariman, Salvador "Buddy" Alcomendas and Ely Rodulfo; judges Antonio "Tony" Teano and Willy San Juan; and, timer Joseph Bagadiong.

ABAP Camarines Sur sent Antonino "Anton" Teano as its official representative. On the other hand, the pro bouts were supervised by judges Antonio Comia, Virgilio de los Reyes and referee Ver Abainza.

The event was sponsored by NTC Commissioner Santiago, the municipal government of Virac, SK municipal federation, Asian Spirit Airlines, Catanduanes Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Square & Compass Club and La Tondena Distillers. It raised funds for the PNP's SAMAKA-Ugnayan of Virac barangay captains and the SAMAKA-PEACE for Oplan Droga.


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