GAB, Japan Boxing Commission ink boxing partnership deal
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) and the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) have forged a partnership that aims to strengthen both nations’ ties in this in-demand sport.
Mainly, the partnership is to oversee the implementation of various parameters on GAB and JBC’s proper handling of boxers that fight in the Philippines and Japan.
The proper protocols, issues, concerns and suggestions from both parties regarding professional boxing were discussed during the meeting on August 27, 2022 at the JBC Office in Tokyo, Japan.
Present during the press conference was GAB Acting Chief and & Other Contact Sports Division Jackie Lou Ornido and GAB Special Investigator II Legal Division Mark Anthony Libunao.
They were joined by JBC President Minoru Hagiwara and JBC Secretary General Takeshi Naritomi where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the meeting.
Ornido and Libunao represented GAB during the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super bantamweight championship between Omega Boxing Gym’s Pete Apolinar and Takeshi Takei on August 26, 2022.
Takei won via a fifth-round technical knockout, snatching the OPBF title previously held by Apolinar.
The partnership between GAB and JBC is an important move between the two parties, especially for the Philippines where many boxers regularly fly to Japan in search for greener pastures in boxing.
Before Apolinar’s loss to Takei, another Filipino boxer triumphed in Japan after Jeo Santisima scored a fifth round TKO against Hiroshige Osawa.
However, Santisima’s victory is considered one of the very few to happen. Most of the time, Filipino boxers falter in their respective bouts in Japan.
The most notable defeats from Filipino boxers in Japan recently was Nonito Donaire’s second-round TKO against Naoya Inoue for the IBF, WBA Super, and WBC world bantamweight titles last June 7, 2022.
Also, Donnie Nietes lost via unanimous decision against the WBO world super flyweight defending champion Kazuto Ioka last July 13, 2022 in Ota City gymnasium.
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