THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra called the unexpected closure of the ALA Boxing Promotions as “a sad day in Phiippine boxing.”
Mitra, one of the leading supporters of boxing in the country, said ALA is one of the pillars of Philippine boxing.
“The closure of ALA is a sad news for the sports industry,” said Mitra in a statement shortly after receiving the news of the closure of boxing group.
“The closure will definitely be a big dent to the boxing world. ALA, which has been owned and managed by the Aldeguer family for 35 years, will be sorely missed. We hope that new promoters with similar dedication in the boxing industry can fill in for ALA’s absence,” added Mitra, who received the “Heroes for Humanity” award from the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Last Tuesday, ALA Boxing shook the fight sports community when it announced that it would close shop after honing some of the best Filipino boxers for the past 35 years.
“After 35 years, ALA Boxing (ALA Promotions and ALA Gym) would like to say farewell and thank you to our supporters from all over the world,” the statement from ALA wrote.
“The pandemic and the closure of our long-time broadcast network partner ABS CBN has affected the overall situation and future of the company,” the statement added.
All the fighters under ALA Promotions will now be released “so they can now look for greener pastures for their respective careers.”
A brainchild of sportsman-businessman Tony Aldeguer of Cebu, ALA Boxing rose to become one of the country’s leading boxing stables boasting of well-known champions such as Gerry Peñalosa, Donnie Nietes, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, and AJ “Bazooka” Banal.
It is also credited for its successful grassroots development program in the Visayas and Mindanao, helping less fortunate street kids to have better lives to achieve their dreams.
In 2005, ALA Boxing was also responsible for the biggest-ever boxing event held in Tagbilaran City with over 30,000 fans cheering for Bohol’s pride, Bautista.
ALA also brought world title bouts to Cebu, such as the Z. Gorres-Fernando Montiel bout at the Cebu Sports Complex and the Banal-Rafael Concepcion showdown at the Cebu Coliseum.
“All these memorable events and ..accomplishments would have not been possible without all of you, the past and present ALA boxers, the trainers, the office staff, the media, the fans, the boxing organizations, sponsors, and our boxing family from all over the world,” the statement said.