The country’s stakehol-ders in professional boxing will gather here in Davao City on May 11 to 13 for the 3rd GAB Philippine Boxing Convention slated on May 11 to 13 at the Marco Polo Hotel and Waterfront Insular Hotel.
Games and Amuse-ments Board (GAB) Chair Abraham Kahlil “Baham” Mitra formally announced it last March 21 during a dialogue with the stakehol-ders in Mindanao held at the Pia’s Café along Quim-po Boulevard in Davao City.
“Registration is free of charge,” said Mitra, who was joined by Commissio-ners Fritz Gaston and Eduard Trinidad.
The convention opens at the Marco Polo Hotel and will focus on topics such as “Legal Updates on the Rules and Regulations”, “Governing Professional Boxing in the Philippines”, “Seminar on Medical Aspect”, “Workshop on Judging to be conducted by Hubert Minn, chair of WBC Ring Officials, and Workshop on Refereeing by International Referee Tony Weeks.
A boxing event will also be staged on the second day at the Waterfront Hotel.
Also present from Manila main office were GAB Boxing Division’s Ralph Diokno and Rex Flores, lawyer Ermar Benitez, Jackie Lou Cacho and Admin and Finance Division Chief Ofelia Artugul.
“This convention will once again bring together our friends and stakehol-ders in the field of profes-sional boxing from all over the Philippines, who we consider our partners in developing and uplifting the interest of the sport of professional boxing in the country,” said Mitra.
The dialogue was attended by this year’s Gabriel Elorde Boxing Awards Promoter of the Year Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil, Dexter Tan and wife Tata of Sanman Promotions from General Santos City, promoter-manager Leonil Lazarito of Leolet Promotions of Valencia City, Bukidnon, promoter-manager Raides “Nonoy” Neri and wife Vanessa of MP Davao Gym, Ma. Krisha Pinol-Solis of KPS Promotions of North Cotabato, Neil Francis Rafael Jimenez and wife Clarissa of RCJ Promotions from Iligan, Renato Moreno and wife Alma of MP Digos Gym, judges Jimmy Mata, Brem-bot Posadas, Sabas Ponpon Jr., Romulo Neri III and international judge Lito delos Reyes.
Also present were the officers-in-charge of the GAB regional offices Arlene Olondrez (Davao), Vic Cabalog (Zamboanga) and Atheno Paguidopon (Cagayan de Oro). They were joined by their fellow GAB employees Fahd Sin-suat, Cecilia Bravo, Ken-neth Improso, Delia Anto-mano, Fatima Bual, Arnulfo Sazon and Sheldon Ramo-nal.
“We really thanked GAB for choosing Davao City as the venue,” said Manangquil, who will be fielding his boxers in the card on May 12.
The assignment of the referees and judges will still be drawn to give equal chance to everyone that will be attending the conven-tion.
The closing dinner and the awarding of certificates will be on May 13 at the Marco Polo Hotel.