‘Naughty’ boxer wins Batang Pinoy gold
DUMAGUETE CITY— John Kevin Jimenez of Cebu City is described by his coach as naughty kid with a natural athletic flair.
On a humid Tuesday afternoon in front of big crowd, Jimenez put those quaities into good use as he scored a unanimous decision over hard-fighting Dante Montales of La Carlota for the boys 3435-kilogram boxing gold medal in Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifying here.
“I was challenged because he (Montales) was also good,” said Jimenez in Filipino as he readily stuck lollipop in his mouth after coming off the ring. “I like what I did. I fought very well.”
The sixth of a brood of nine, Jimenez, a Grade 8 student, was introduced to the sport by his four elder brothers. One of them, Johnriel, is already fighting in the pros.
“He is mischievous and naughty, but he’s a good kid and we saw natural talent in him,” said his coach Jordan Dopalco.
Jimenez, who started boxing at 9 years old, aspire to one day don the national colors and foliow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao and Mark Magsayo.
Chr i s C a r l o s Emnas scored for Leyte after beating local boy Jhon Jeffrey Rosales via unanimous decision in the boys 38-kg division.