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Puerto Princesa hosts "Hamon sa Princesa" PDF Print E-mail

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Aug. 22 (PNA) - Mayor Edward Hagedorn and the city government, in cooperation with Johnny Elorde Management International is hosting an international boxing championship dubbed as “Hamon sa Princesa” to be held at the city coliseum on Sept. 13.

The boxing event will be featured by two back-to-back championships which will start at 3 p.m. on the said date.

In the first main event, champion Gretchen Abaniel, Puerto Princesa’s pride, will defend her Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) crown against Thailand challenger Tukta Sor Ratana in a ten-round mini-flyweight (105 pounds) scheduled for 10 rounds.

In the other main fight, champion Arnel Tinampay will clash with challenger Yuri Noda for the Philippines Welterweight Championship.

Other supporting bouts include Marnelle Verano fighting against Teeraporn Pannimit while Vinvin Rufino will face Kongsurin Sishoei.

Boxing aficionados here will also be treated to more exciting professional bouts as well as the amateur fights of Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde and Juan Miguel Elorde against tough opponents.

Abaniel, who hails from barangay Langogan, this city, holds the WIBA minimum weight intercontinental title as well as the WBC atom weight international title and is managed and trained by former Australian boxer Terrance Mogg, who has effectively developed a compact stable of female boxers, as well as a few promising male fighters.

City Information Officer Alroben Goh said the hosting of the boxing event is part of the campaign of Hagedorn to make Puerto Princesa the country’s “Sports Tourism Capital.”

Goh said Puerto Princesa has long been one of the favorite tourist destinations of the country because of its scenic spots, the city government had, in the past years, undertaken efforts to woo another class of tourists avid outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The city government proved to be a viable venue for local and international sports events when it hosted Palarong Pambansa last April, Goh said. (PNA)

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