BUSTAMANTE CROWNED WORLD POOL CHAMPION
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 06 Jul 2010
Pool legend Francisco “Django” Bustamante at long last won the title he coveted the most after a heartbreaking loss to American Earl “The Pearl” Strickland in 2002 in Cardiff in a week of personal anguish during which he lost his little girl hours before he was to play in the quarter finals.
Consoled by his wife, bosom friend Efren “Bata” Reyes and the renowned patron of Philippine pool Aristeo “Putch” Puyat, Bustamante decided to continue playing convinced that his little daughter would look down from heaven and give him the courage to go on.
Bustamante did, but in the finals where he was leading 15-13 and at the table to break in the race to 17, the pool gods turned against him and he scratched. Strickland, with ball-in-hand and banking on some exquisite safety play went on to string four racks in a row to win 17-15.
Year after year Bustamante tried but just didn’t make it, until this week in Doha, Qatar his dream of winning was ultimately fulfilled. Bustamante, feared in the pool circuits of the world because of his awesome break played some superb pool to defeat the “Little Monster” Kuo Po Cheng of Chinese-Taipei who was runner up to Wu Chia Ching in 2005 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
From the opening rack Bustamante was in command and despite a few anxious moments among his countrymen watching, the native of Tarlac, home province of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, showed his experience and his skill to win 13-7 and redeem the heartaches of 2002.
Bustamante gave an indication of what was in store when he routed countryman Antonio “Nikoy” Lining, the dangerous lefty, 11-5 in the semi finals where four-time champion and Hall-of-Fame inductee Johnny Archer stretched Kuo to the brink before losing in a pulsating finish to the younger Chinese-Taipei player 10-11.
Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ronnie Nathanielsz.
Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:
|PACQUIAO PRAISES PHIL’S SEA GAMES PERFORMANCE|
By Eddie Alinea, Sat, 04 Jul 2015WATCH A RIVETING PRE-FIGHT PRIMER ON ‘PINOY PRIDE XXXI” ON PBO-SKY CABLE AT 8:30 TONIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 04 Jul 2015Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith: Trotter, Granados Score Upsets: Ryskeldiev Wins
By Don Smith, Sat, 04 Jul 2015PARRENAS TIPS THE SCALES WELL BELOW THE SUPER FLYWEIGHT LIMIT; CARMONA EXACTLY 115
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 04 Jul 2015ROBERTO RAMIREZ JR NAMED REFEREE FOR PARRENAS-CARMONA WBO SUPER FLYWEIGHT INTERIM TITLE FIGHT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 04 Jul 2015Bornea fights Rosales for WBO Asia Pacific Youth title
By Lito delos Reyes, Sat, 04 Jul 2015GAB CHAIRMAN GUANZON NEEDS TO PROTECT OUR BOXERS' INTERESTS
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 04 Jul 2015Heavyweight Contender Bronco Billy Wright Records 29th First Round KO sends message to all Heavyweights
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015UNDEFEATED BOXING LEGACY JULIAN RAMIREZ HEADLINES LA FIGHT CLUB ON AUGUST 6 LIVE FROM THE BELASCO THEATER AND ON FOX DEPORTES
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015D and D Management and Club 1957 Management join forces to manage Emanuel Taylor
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015Felix "Tito" Trinidad To Attend Nevada Boxing HOF's Annual Indiction Weekend!
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015RODRIGUEZ TRAINS SECRETLY IN MANILA TWO WEEKS BEFORE HIS TITLE FIGHT WITH NIETES
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 04 Jul 2015GONZALEZ STOPS HERRERA AT JULY 2 LA FIGHT CLUB IN EXPLOSIVE MAIN EVENT
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015GH3 Promotions signs undefeated Jr. Lightweight O'Shanique Foster
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015Marvel & ESPN Films Introduce the Short Film Series
By , Sat, 04 Jul 2015FLACO GONZALEZ, DIEGO DE LA HOYA VICTORIOUS AT LA FIGHT CLUB JULY EDITION (PHOTOS)
By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Fri, 03 Jul 2015PARRENAS SAYS HE DIDN’T GO TO MEXICO ON HOLIDAY, HE WENT THERE TO WIN THE WBO SUPER FLYWEIGHT INTERIM TITLE
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 03 Jul 2015Pacman reaction on Mayweather instagram post
By Aquiles Z. Zonio, Fri, 03 Jul 2015“Catchweight”: Good or Bad for Boxing?
By Ralph Rimpell, Fri, 03 Jul 2015WBC PRESIDENT SULAIMAN PAYS HOMAGE TO ALEXIS ARGUELLO THEN PRESENTS NICARAGUA’S PRESIDENT WITH A GREEN AND GOLD BELT
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 03 Jul 2015EFREN ‘BATA’ REYES WEAVES HIS MAGIC TO WIN ACCU-STATS ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN; ONE POCKET INVITATIONAL
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 03 Jul 2015Chatman: 'I will massacre Biosse!'
By , Fri, 03 Jul 2015Undefeated 20-Year Old Prospect Mario Barrios Returns July 18 in El Paso Texas
By , Fri, 03 Jul 2015Special July 11 Golden Boy Fan Fiesta Celebration at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena from 1-6pm
By , Fri, 03 Jul 2015