Sports: Escalante, San Carlos tied with 4 wins, 2 loses in Rep. Ledesma Boxing Cup
Thirteen bouts ushered the first day of the 3-day boxing extravaganza in the 2nd Congressman Jules Ledesma Boxing Cup that started yesterday, Friday at Calatrava Covered Gym.
Escalante and San Carlos cities registered 4 wins and two loses each, with resurgence Don Salvador Benedicto scored three wins against two loses; Toboso has one win for its lone entry, while host Calatrava scored a win in seven entries it sent in the first round.
Dubbed as "Blow by Blow sa Unang Distrito" boxers came from five Local Government Units (LGUs) in the first district of Negros Occidental in preparation of the 2nd Negros First Boxing Championship of Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. which is slated in October this year.
Escalante City winners started in the first bout when Greg Pableo defeated host Calatrava bet Michael Kevin Tellics on points in the 26 kilograms; Rogie Nardo won in a close fight over Arnel Villacencio of Don Salvador Benedicto in what consider the Best Fight in the 52 kilograms; followed by his teammate James Mahinay who won also in a close fight against Carlos Caesar Peñalosa of San Carlos City in the Elite 19-23 years old 49 kilograms; and another teammate Ali Agapusa scored over San Carlos City Ricky Amar in the 52 kilograms of the same division.
San Carlos City wins was scored by J. Abdon over Nataniel Medriyano in 30 kilograms; Mark Mahilum over Vicmar Sagayle of Escalante City; Gerald Beleganilao over Jonel De la Cruz of Don Salvador Benedicto in 46 kilograms; and Feliciano Santiago who stopped JR Vargas of Calatrava in the first round of the 52 kilograms.
Don Salvador Benedicto boxers scored two RSC against their opponent in the first round with Elmer Duoma over Calatrava Jemark Gonzaga in the 32 kilograms followed by cousin’s Mike Gian Duoma who pummeled Calatrava Patrick Pabalate in the 38 kilograms. The other winner for Don Salvador Benedicto who was accompanied by Municipal Administrator former councilor and vice Mayor David Portillano was Randy Duoma over Calatrava’s Jonathan Helly in the 46 kilograms.
Calatrava’s lone win was scored by John Teddy Gustaman over Escalante Vince Martin Martirizan in 28 kilograms. While, Toboso lone entry Fedonis Bulanon defeated San Carlos city’s JR Patok in the Youth 17-18 years old 46 kilograms.
The second round will be held at 2pm today at the same venue with more than 20 bouts at stake including the women’s category. The championship will be held Sunday morning and awarding and closing ceremonies will follow.
This tournament was hosted by municipality of Calatrava through Councilor Eldie Monterde who also acted the town sports head and attended by North-Vice President of the Provincial Sports Coordinator Association Romulo Bascar of Escalante City who declared the tournament open.
Calatrava councilor Rodulfo C. Peromingan welcomes the guests in behalf of Mayor Araceli Somosa, while Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor represents Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.
The tournament is one of the province’s sports program to discover talented boxers who will eventually compose the Negros First Boxing team that will represent Negros Occidental in national and international boxing competition.
Cash prizes and trophies awaits the winners with the champion receiving P5, 000; P3, 000 for 1st runner; P2, 000 for 2nd runner-up and P2, 000 for consolation prize.*