Young boxing standouts from the six districts of Negros Occidental will slug it out for the championship in the 2017 Gov. Alfredo Marañon Boxing Cup Finals that will be hosted by Sagay City on Oct. 15 to 21.
Now on its 8 th year, the Governor's Cup Boxing Cup is a banner program of the Provincial Sports Office under the supervision of Executive Assistant for Sports, Angel Verdeflor.
The tournament has produced several talented boxers who were selected to the national training pool. It also serves as a venue to develop the skills of young Negrenses who aspire to become a professional fighter inside the ring someday.
The championship round of the tournament in Sagay will be joined by the winners in the elimination round conducted in the districts. It will be a tournament of champions, with the best fighters in different categories getting the gold medal and bringing honor to their local government unit.
The Boxing Cup is in line with the thrusts of the provincial government, under the leadership of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who encouraged the young Negrenses to give their best in their chosen sport.
Aside from boxing, the governor also supports the football program of the province and with the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, a P40-million budget for the lighting system at the Pana-ad Football Field has been approved.
With the upgraded lighting system passing the standard set by FIFA, the Pana-ad Stadium will be able to host more international football matches in the future.
Negros Occidental is also considered as the home of the champions, with its little leaguers capturing 2017 Girls Softball Asia Pacific Tournament crown and finishing first runner-up in the World Series held in Delaware, USA.*NAB
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