BROTHERS Rafael and Roberto Miguel Jalnaiz led another forceful march of Misamis Oriental boxers to the finals in the 2011 PLDT-Abap National Amateur Boxing Championships here at the Provincial Capitol Garden.

As they conquered the second day of semifinal round matches, five more MisOr fighters made it to the finals making it 12 the total number of homeground bets bidding for a golden finish.

The 12-year-old Rafael retired Jay-Ar Duga-Duga of Aglayan, Malaybalay, Bukidnon at the start of the third round to advance in the finals of the Kids Division’s Powder-weight class. While the 13-year old Roberto Miguel scored a referee stop contest (RSC) win in the second round over Jaye Arce Arcilla of Mandaluyong City in the School Boy’s Mosquito weight match.

Rafael and Robert Miguel are sons of two-time Olympian Roberto “Bobby” Jalnaiz, who is now the head coach of the Misamis Oriental Amateur boxing program.

Joining the Jalnaiz siblings were Carlo Paalam in the Kids Cotton-weight category, Harmonito de la Torre in the Jr. Boys Featherweight division and Jean Vee Flores in the Youth Girls Bantamweight division.

Casualties from the MisOr side were brothers Klemen Earl and Maurico Cabanit. Klemen Earl lost to Eumir Marcial of Zamboanga City in the Jr. Boys light flyweight match via a hairline 5-4 decision and Maurico bowed to Wenie Clide Verano of Valencia-Bukidnon 11-5 in the Youth light-flyweight category.

Also displaying enough juice were Tagbilaran City boxers who had its delegation head and Abap-7 regional director Nemesio Monton praying for their victory.

Danrik Sumabong defeated Fedinan Apat of Davao del Norte in the Kid’s Ant weight category and Jeno Cabugngan marched to the finals after beating Cebu City bet Raymond Empec via 9-5 decision in the Youth Boys bantamweight division.

Two more Aglayan, Malaybalay City fighters made it to the gold medal round –Jason Neri who defeated Jordan Catubay of Cebu City via 11-3 decision in the Youth Boys light flyweight class and Mario Fernandez who scored a walk over win against John Rey Melligen of Bacolod City in the Youth Boys bantamweight semis.

article by Rommer Manlosa of SSC

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