Cebuano boxers dominate
MAASIN, Leyte, Philippines – Cebuano boxers are on the roll as they showed dominance in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 PLDT-ABAP Visayas area boxing tournament at the Maasin City gym here.
Junior boys pinweight (46kgs) Rimon Rama and Youth boys lightweight (60kgs) Vicente Casido of the fabled ALA Gym showed their class after taking down their respective opponents while Marvin Pomar of Cebu City also stamped his class in the Jr. boys pinweight division.
Rama was quick and steady despite the effort of Jerry Mae Pandac of the Leyte Sports Academy to earn a 3-0 win (29-28 29-28; 30-27). The tall and rangy Casido, for his part, showed his crisp jab-straight combination and tough defense to beat local boy Javier Alemar of Maasin City Team A via 3-0 (30-27; 29-28; 29-28) decision.
Pomar, meanwhile, did not gave Mateo Maquiling of Southern Leyte a chance for an upset, pounding out a 3-0 victory (30-27; 30-27; 30-27) to advance to the semifinal round.
Maasin City Team B’s Shaquel Miole also scored a 3-0 (30-27; 30-27; 30-27) win over Raymart Alara of Bago City in the Jr. boys pinweight division.
Rama and Pomar will fight for a place in the gold medal round while Miole will face Romie Evale of Maasin City Team A for the other slot to the finals. Evale took a bye in the quarterfinal round last Friday.
The shortest victory belonged to Leo Domingo Napuli of Maasin City Team B as he forced Edu Kuizon of Southern Leyte Team B to retire before the end of the first round.
Napuli delivered a series of body blows while Kuizon tried to backtrack before declaring he has had enough.