Former Games and Amusement Board Chairman Juan Ramon “Monju” Guanzon said his group, the Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association, plans to put up a new boxing facility where future boxing champions from Negros Occidental can train.
Guanzon said they hope to put up the new boxing facility at his family’s property along Hernaez Street in Bacolod City, across the Paglaum Sports Complex.
“We have to continue developing future champions and to do this, we need a training venue for them. With the new facility that we are putting up, we hope more champions will emerge,” Guanzon said.
For the project, the Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association has received a donation of $2,000 from Thai philanthropist Naris Singwancha for the construction of a boxing ring.
Singwancha also turned over $2,000 the Games and Amusement Board as initial fund to support the lifetime monthly allowances of former Filipino world champions at P3,000 each.
Bacolod City and Negros Occidental had produced a list of boxing champions, including Asia’s first world flyweight champion Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guilledo, IBF light flyweight titlist and longest reigning Filipino champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight champion “King” Arthur Villanueva, WBO Asia Pacific featherweight titlist Genesis “Azukal” Servania, Olympians – Velasco brothers Roel and Mansueto, and Leopoldo Cantancio.
In the amateur scene, Negrense boxers from southern Negros, among them are Olympics silver medalist Mansueto Velasco Jr. and his brother, Olympics bronze medalist Roel Velasco, Bautista brothers Ian Clark and Jordan of Binalbagan, Junel Cantancio and Olympian Rogen Lagon.*NAB
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