World Boxing Organization assures support to Philippines

November 06, 2018

THE Philippines can now look forward to a better and  cordial relationship with the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

No less than Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra and  well-known promoters Johnny and Liza  Elorde and Kenneth Rontal received the assurances of support from WBO officials during the  31st   Annual Convention  held Oct. 29-Nov. 2  in Panama.

In a report by Carlos Costa at, the  Filipino delegation  managed to get the nods of WBO president Francisco Varcarcel and vice president Leon Panoncillo  for better working relationships that will benefit both the WBO and the Filipino boxing community.

“The Filipino delegation, headed  by  GAB Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra achieved total success in its participation in the WBO Convention that took place in the beautiful Latin American nation of Panama,” Costa reported.

Mitra,  who was appointed as GAB head by President Duterte in 2016,  raised several important issues during the convention.

One of the issues raised was the controversial decision in the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff  Horn WBO world title  fight in Brisbane, Australia last year.

(Pacquiao lost the WBO fight).

The other members of the Filipino delegation were GAB ring officials Danrex Tapdasan, Edward Ligas and Costa and Philboxing administrator Dong Secuya.

The Elorde couple  worked on the ratings of Filipino boxers and even better relations with the sanctioning body presided by lawyer Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel of Puerto Rico.

Rontal represented  his WBO minimumweight  world  champion Vic Saludar, one of the reigning Filipino boxing  world champions.

Secuya reported on a wide number of issues, including the WBO approval of the super flyweight world title fight between Filipino Donnie  Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka  in Macau on Dec.

Other  highlights of the Filipinos'  participation  were    a  meeting with Panama  boxing legend  Roberto  “Hands of  Stone” Duran and a visit to he Panama Canal.