2018 PNG's Amateur Boxing Tournament in Cebu Concludes with Exciting Finals
By Carlos Costa
Sat, 26 May 2018
CEBU, Philippines -- After 100 bouts, the amateur boxing competitions of the 2018 Philippine National Games (PNG) concluded with thrilling Finals on Friday (May 25) at the old Cebu Coliseum here in Cebu City.
"Fights were of a really good level between amateur boxers from all over the country," commented Mrs. Joselyn D. Flores, the tournament's ring announcer and one of the organizers of the event that grouped together the Filipino amateur boxing family.
The tough competitions, which began May 19 and concluded Friday May 25, included both Male and Female fighters in youth and elite level. During fights, youth boxers wore head gear, elite did not.
Two rings were set at the old Cebu Coliseum with simultaneous fights in every day of competition, except on Friday, in which only one ring was used for all the battles in each category from light flyweight 45-48 kilos to middleweights 75 kilos.
Amateur boxers from Baguio, Gensan, Victorias, Davao del Norte, CDO, Cebu and all over the Philippines had the time of their lives here in Cebu, not only competing in the most exciting amateur boxing tournament in the country, but also getting to know about Cebu's exciting historic attractions and rich heritage.
Some of the personalities in attendance during the Final day of competitions were Sir Rolando "Lando" Mendoza of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), Mr. Lorenzo Chao Sy of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) and the 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist for the Philippines Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco.
Top photo: Youth Lightweight Boxer John Paul Panuayan of CDO Wins Gold in the 2018 PNG in Cebu.
Amateur Boxers from all over the Philippines in action at the 2018 PNG in Cebu.
Charming Filipina ladies were referee and judges during the amateur boxing tournbament of the 2018 PNG in Cebu.
THE 2018 PNG GOLD MEDALIST WINNERS
Here is the complete list of the Gold medalist winners in the amateur boxing competitions of the 2018 Philippine National Games held at Cebu Coliseum.
- ELAYDE PAMISA of Cagayan de Oro Won Gold in Youth Women Light Flyweight 45-48 Kilos. Winner by Split Decision
- JIMA BAJA of Cagayan de Oro Won Gold in Youth Women Flyweight 51 Kilos. Winner by UD.
- NORILYN JARDELIZA of Sultan Kudarat Won Gold in Youth Women Bantamweight 54 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 2.
- CAROLYN CALUNGSOD of Sultan Kudarat Won Gold in Youth Women Featherweight 57 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 1
- MARK LESTER DURENS of Cagayan de Oro Won Gold in Youth Men Light Flyweight 46-48 Kilos. Winner by Split Decision.
- JOHN IGNATIUS MACAS of Sultan Kudarat Won Gold in Youth Men Flyweight 52 Kilos. Winner by Unanimous Decision.
- JUNMILARDO OGAYRE of Davao Captured Gold in Youth Men Bantamweight 56 Kilos. Winner by Unanimous Decision.
- JOHN PAUL PANUAYAN of Cagayan de Oro Claimed Gold in Youth Men Lightweight 60 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 2 (MAIN PHOTO)
- JERE SAMUEL DELA CRUZ of Negros Occidental Won Gold in Youth Men Light Welterweight 64 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 1.
- ALEXCEL DARGANTES of Bagio Captured Gold in Elite Women Light Flyweight 45-48 Kilos. Winner by Unanimous Decision.
- NICE ZZAA PETECIO of Baguio Claimed Gold in Elite Women in Elite Women Flyweight 51 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 1.
- RAMEL MACADO JR. of Koronadal Won Gold in Elite Men Light Flyweight 46-49 Kilos. Winner by Split Decision.
- REGIE SUGANOB of Bohol Captured Gold in Elite Men Flyweight 52 Kilos. Winner by Split Decision.
- IAN CLARK BAUTISTA of Negros Occidental Claimed Gold in Elite Men Bantamweight 56 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 3.
- PAUL JULYFER CELIS BASCON of Davao del Norte Won Gold in Elite Men Lightweight 60 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 1.
- SUGAR REY OCANA of Cagayan de Oro Captured Gold in Elite Men Light Welterweight 64 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 2.
- MARJON PIANAR of Davao del Norte Claimed Gold in Elite Men Welterweight 69 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 2.
- ARNOLD CHALIS of Baguio Won Gold in Elite Men Middleweight 75 Kilos. Winner by RSC in round 2.
The author Carlos Costa of Panama is a boxing judge and fight reporter based in Cebu, Philippines. He attended the Finals of the 2018 PNG boxing competitions. Carlos can be reached by email: Carlos512@hotmail.com and Whatsapp +639184538152.
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