MISAMIS Oriental’s amateur boxing program gained prominence anew after Thursday’s conclusion of the PLDT-backed Abap National Amateur Boxing Championships here at the provincial capitol grounds.

The host province bagged eight of the first 20 gold medals disputed en route to virtually securing the overall supremacy in the three-day slugfest.

“It pays to have a respectable coach/trainer in former Olympian Bobby Jalnaiz. Talagang ‘mi quality na ang performance ng mga boksingero ng Misamis Oriental,” said Philippine Daily Inquirer sportswriter Roy Luarca.

Brothers Raphael and Roberto Miguel Jalnaiz, ruled the kids’ powderweight (36 kg) and school boys’ mosquitoweight (40 kg), respectively, to power the home ground bets’ domination in the annual event that drew 33 teams and 170 of the country’s best ring fighters.

The 12-year-old Raphael defeated Davao Del Norte’s Khem John Samoranos on points, 9-2, while the 13-year-old Roberto Miguel beat La Union’s Ryan Torres, 8-5, as they showed semblance of their famous father, Roberto, who was the lone Filipino gold medalist in the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.

Other Misor winners were Carlo Paalam in the kids’ cottonweight (28 kg) division, Reynald Lao in the school boys’ mosquitoweight (38 kg), Daniel Maamo in the school boys’ paperweight (44 kg), Presco Carlos Sia in the school boys’ flyweight (52 kg), Samboy Lao in the junior boys’ pinweight (46 kg) and Darwin Tindahan in the junior boys’ lightweight (60 kg).

Paalam bested Tayabas’ Jonji Maritana, 11-2; Reynald Lao nipped Davao del Norte’s Jose Ravelo Aballe, 4-2; Maamo overpowered La Union’s Jerusalem Galvez, 9-2; Sia clobbered Caloocan’s Harold Serapion, 13-6; Samboy Lao crushed Bago City’s Raymart Flores, 6-1; and Tindahan prevailed via RSC (referee-stopped-contest) decision over Davao del Norte’s Rolen Magarce in the second round.

Gingoog City’s Freddie Basadre, who nipped Davao del Norte’s Neil John Tabanao in the junior boys’ bantamweight (54 kg) final, wound up tied with Tabano in the accepted score, 6-6, but Basadre prevailed, 13-12, in the individual scores of the judges.

The tournament, confined to boxers 11-18 years old, was organized by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines in cooperation with the Misamis Oriental provincial government through Gov. Oscar Moreno.

ABAP president Ricky Vargas presided over the awarding ceremonies along with Smart Sports head Pato Gregorio.

Also with them was ABAP vice president Manny Lopez and ABAP executive director Ed Picson, who supervised the event supported by PLDT, Smart, Maynilad Water and Nature’s Spring.

article from Sun Star CDO

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