MANILA - Filipino boxer Dave Apolinario on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at the President's Hall in Malacañang Palace.
Marcos congratulated Apolinario for his latest achievement - the IBO world flyweight title he won in East London, South Africa on Saturday.
Apolinario, nicknamed "Doberman", handed over a pair of signed gloves to Marcos. In exchange, Marcos signed another pair for Apolinario and gave him a commemorative gold coin.
Apolinario has a record of 17-0, with 12 knockouts.
His IBO title is the Philippines' first world boxing title since Mark Magsayo lost his WBC featherweight crown to Mexico's Rey Vargas.