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Johnson, Farah in their final workouts


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DAVAO CITY -- American Ron Johnson and his Bolivian opponent, Saul Farah, are already tapering off in their spartan regimen having each prepared hard in their respective bailiwicks.

The 34-year old Cleveland, Ohio-born Johnson, the WBF three-belt owner, trained in Las Vegas, his home for the last 18 years while Farah, 36, is a seasoned campaigner who last climbed the ring last March, beating Cesar Mamani for the Bolivian heavyweight title. Both are doing final workouts at the Elorde Davao gym.

The Thrilla in Davao is a dinner boxing event on a by-invitation only. It is not open to the general public and is set to unfold on June 15 at the Enderun Tent, Azuela Cove, Lanang. Meanwhile, Mayor Sara thanked the RED Boxing Int?l and Global Boxing Organization for bringing the Thrilla in Davao in this part of the country.

She said that the staging of the first world heavyweight championship in Davao City is a testament to the ability of the LGU to capably host major sporting events.

The local chief executive described boxing both as a highly cerebral and physical sport that requires strength, endurance as well as character and discipline.

?As a combat sport, boxing develops stamina and strength, tests the limits of one?s endurance and also helps build character by teaching perseverance, discipline and self-confidence,? said Mayor Sara of the boxing extravaganza that is expected to attract national as well as international attention.

For his part, Games and Amusement Board chief Abraham Kahlil Mitra congratulated GBO and RED Boxing Promotions for bringing back the glory of heavyweight boxing in the Philippines. ?Our country has been recognized as the stage for the historic
?Thrilla in Manila, the bout which culminated the Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier trilogy,? adding that the ?epic battle showcased the unbelievable power of these legendary boxers and is therefore deemed as one of the greatest fights in the history of professional boxing.?

Mayor Sara was profuse with positive words, saying ?may this gathering foster greater camaraderie and sportsmanship?inspire each member of the Filipino boxing community to continue helping and uplift the condition of boxers as they strive for excellence.?

Promoter Rey Rodis, chair of RED Boxing Int?l, cited Mayor Sara and her staff for their efficient collaboration.

He said part of the proceeds of the Davao Thrilla will go to Buhay Kamao Foundation, a charity project that will benefit poor and disabled boxers, including scholarships for their children.
Rodis also praised the GAB for the quick and efficient facilitation of documents of all boxers concerned. (Lito delos Reyes)


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