Lingayen – About 40 Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao wannabes from various parts of Pangasinan provided a big crowd of spectators and boxing enthusiasts with action-packed bouts during the 6th Paboksing Ed Gulpo held at the Capitol beachfront on April 29 here.
The annual boxing competition dubbed Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. Cup which forms part of the annual Pistay Dayat celebration is a component program of the present provincial administration’s sports development thrust.
Provincial Sports Director Modesto Operania, on behalf Of Governor Espino, expressed elation over the participation of the young boxers on the sixth edition of the Paboksing Ed Gulpo as he stressed that “amateur boxers underwent medical examination before the competition to assure that they are all physically fit and all in good condition.”
“The Provincial Health Office medical team was also present to provide medical assistance and monitor the health condition of each fighter before and after the bout,” Operania added.
The amateur boxers displayed power punches and stamina in the boxing ring against their nemesis fighters in seven weight categories namely: powder weight (36kgs.), pin weight (46kgs.), bantam weight (52-54kgs.), light fly weight (46kgs.), fly weight (49kgs.), light weight (56kgs.) and light middle weight (70kgs.)
Boxers who dominated the 18 bouts in respective weight categories were: Chris John Jose (Umingan) -- powder weight; Elvin Casaclang (Anda) -- pin weight; Ronnel Napalit (Lingayen), Jayvee Macaranas (Calasiao), Dan Roy Carolino (Anda) and Gerald Tamayo (San Fabian) – bantam weight; Raymund Sierra (Lingayen), Marvin de Luna (Umingan) and Rhollyns Cruz (Lingayen) – light fly weight; Jevimin Macaranas (Dagupan City) – fly weight; Eleazar Brumuela (Dagupan City), Felix Caron (Calasiao), Kenith Brumuela (Dagupan City) and Jerrick Caron (Calasiao), Reynaldo Manaois (San Fabian), Efraim Palisoc (Dagupan City), and Darwin Laforteza (Calasiao) – light weight; and Gerson Astadan (University of Luzon, Dagupan City) – light middle weight.
To add more excitement, organizers of the boxing competition included two bouts played by gay boxers.
Executive Assistant IV Ramon Morden, who represented the governor, was escorted by Operania in awarding cash prizes, medals and certificates of recognition courtesy of the provincial government to the winners.
Non-winners, on the other hand, each received Php1,000 and certificates of participation.
Before the boxing competition, Dr. Dante De Castro, an international boxing referee, reminded the boxers to observe boxing ground rules set by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP). /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca