ALA eyes more fights here, Baba to ask gym reopening

ALA Promotions top honcho Michael Aldeguer says last night’s Pinoy Pride 43 fight will not be the last fight to be staged in Tagbilaran.

Certainly, with more interest among the people here, fights will be staged here as the Bohol Wisdom Gym has been touted to be more than enough to be a venue for an ALA-promoted fight.

Aldeguer was in town and attended the press conference prior to the Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo versus Shota Hayashi fight at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium.

He said there were other promotions ALA staged in the city, and with plenty of talents from Tagbilaran, having a fight in the future is sure to happen.

Aldeguer said they have been welcomed warmly by the Boholanos and surely more promotions will be staged in the City of Friendship.

Having more fights will also help promote the sport especially to the youth. The fights can help inspire a generation of potential boxers that will bring more honor and glory to the country.

As this developed, Mayor John Geesnell Yap eyes to convince the ALA Promotions to re-open the defunct gym at barangay Taloto.

Having a facility will give the opportunity to the youth to enhance their skills and become world-class athletes.

Magsayo, when he was eight years old, was selling ice cream when he chanced upon the Taloto gym.

The 22-year-old boxer fell in love with boxing after seeing athletes in action. It was in ALA promotion’s Taloto gym where Magsayo’s dream started.

With a gym, the mayor believes it can help reinforce a solid grassroots program to discover athletes that will soon represent Tagbilaran City especially in boxing.

Aside from boxing, the city has been supporting other sporting disciplines. A case in point is weightlifting champion Ellen Perez who recently won a slew of gold medals in a tournament held in South Korea.

Private sector support will be huge in developing raw sporting talent in Tagbilaran as the city find ways to fulfill the dream of a world-class sporting venue.

The ALA promotions used to operate the Taloto gym but since been temporarily shut down as boxers under the stable are now based in Cebu City.

BOXING GREATS

No doubt, Bohol has become one of the biggest contributors in the world of boxing in terms of talent.

First on the list is Talibon-born Nonito Donaire who won world titles in two divisions.

While Donaire grew up in the States, he remains rooted to Bohol as he clearly states during his fights where he hails from.

In the field of amateur boxing, Jagna town has produced an Olympic boxer by the name of Roberto Jalnaiz.

Bohol has produced some boxing greats such as Rey “BoomBoom” Bautista and the Australia-based Czar Amonsot. Boom Boom is currently enlisted personnel in the Army.

PROVIDING INSPIRATION

Inspiration is a key factor in luring the youth to take up a sport, particularly boxing.

During last Thursday’s press conference, several of the Filipino boxers in attendance said they were inspired by the exploits of future hall-of-fame boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao.

No boxer in attendance said they never had an inspiration to go into boxing.

With the likes of Magsayo doing great in boxing, having a gym will help reinforced the inspired youth who are willing to engage and love the sport of boxing.

More than the sport, boxing has been a way out from poverty.

Magsayo and even Pacquiao are clear examples of boxing’s ability to push people out of poverty.

A training gym in the city can help the youth to train and realize their dream not only for themselves but for their families as well.

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