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Former Bogo City Mayor Junie Martinez answers questions from the media in a press conference for the “For Honor and Pride” boxing fight between Joe Marie Noynay of the Philippines and Hector Garcia of Mexico. With him are (from left) Cebu Provincial Sports Commission Executive Director Atty. Ramil Abing, host Bobby Inoferio, Bogo Councilor Noel Seno, Chairman of Sports Committee Willy Flores and Yoyong Almirante of the Bogo City Sports Commission.
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Northern city of Cebu to host major boxing event for the first time after 10 years

The City of Bogo is set to organize a boxing event on April 7 at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Sports and Cultural Center in Bogo City.

The fight card, dubbed “For Honor and Pride” and held in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (CPSC) and the Elorde International Promotions, pits Bogo City’s own Joe Marie Noynay facing Mexican Hector Garcia.

This will be the first time in 10 years that a boxing event will be held in this northern city of Cebu province.

“It has been 10 years since the city of Bogo was able to organize a fight,” former Bogo City Mayor Junie Martinez said in a press conference yesterday at the Rajah Park Hotel. “Through this fighting event, we [hope we] can bring the boxing hype in [back in] Cebu.”

The 22-year-old Noynay has a record of 13 wins, two draws and one loss. He has four wins by knockouts.

He currently holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) silver super featherweight and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific youth junior lightweight belts.

At stake for this 10-round fight is the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Jr. Lightweight title.

Garcia holds a record of 12 wins (7 KOs), six draws, two losses.

Other Elorde Internationals Promotions boxers who are expected to see action in this fight are WBC ABCO Continental Flyweight Champion Cris Alfante from Zamboanga, who will be facing Renoel Pael of Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, in the 10-round preliminary fight, Cris Paulino, Ricardo Sueno, Ronel Sumalpong, Alvin Medura and Machieka Pareno.

“The undercards are not final yet. We are targeting up to nine bouts. We still have six so we will be looking for more,” event matchmaker Willy Flores said.

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