THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) lauded the Omega Boxing Promotions for organizing the 4-card fight which signal the return of professional boxing after seven months of hiatus due to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
GAB Chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra said Omega has an exemplary event amid strict quarantine protocol which served as blue print for future boxing promotions.
“GAB appreciates the hard work of Omega Sports Promotion and Omega Boxing Gym for initiating it and by serving as a prototype for other pro boxing promotions to come,” said Mitra.
“This professional boxing promotion has signaled the return of pro boxing industry in the Philippines as part of the new normal during this period of covid-19 pandemic,” added Mitra.
After a series of virtual meeting with GAB, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), has approved the request on allowing the return of professional basketball, football, boxing and other contact sports under strict health protocol as recommended in the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) jointly formed by GAB, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) at Department of Health (DOH).
“The promotion followed the JAO and the GAB Health Protocols in conducting the first ever pro boxing game in the country. Boxers and ring officials were subjected to isolation just like in a bubble for 14 days before the fight and swab testing and rapid tests,” said the former Palawan Governor and Congressman.
“Strict health protocols were implemented in the weigh in and during actual fight day. The safety officers of the boxing promotion had monitored daily the health conditions of the boxers and ring officials in coordination with GAB.
“During the event, safety officers made sure that wearing of required PPEs such as face mask, face shield and gloves, if necessary and social distancing are strictly observed.”
The Mega boxing stable swept the scheduled 4-card fight with World Boxing Association (WBA)-South light flyweight champion Ronnie Vecilles, one of seasoned fighters under Omega stable, viciously scored a 4th round knockout win against Junuel Lacar of Baguio City.
Veteran campaigner Christian Araneta and Penitente Apolinar won via unanimous decision while Carlo Bacaro scored a technical knockout over Cebuano Jeff Stella in their welterweight duel.
Araneta, a former WBC Asia silver champion in light flyweight division dominated Richard Rosales from Bohol, while Apolinar defeated Jetro Pabustan from Cagayan de Oro City.
“After everything we went through – from conception to implementation – we finally have done and dusted it. Hopefully sa December maulit namin ito,” said Omega Boxing Promotions vice president Jerome Calatrava.