Mi­tra wants a more par­tic­i­pa­tive, trans­par­ent OPBF

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ORI­EN­TAL and Pa­cific Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (OPBF) Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Kahlil “Ba­ham” Mi­tra wants the OPBF to be more par­tic­i­pa­tive and trans­par­ent in pro­mot­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its ac­tiv­i­ties.

This was Mi­tra’s mes­sage dur­ing the Gala Din­ner and Awards held at the HarBall­room of the Princesa Gar­den Is­land Re­sort and Spa in Puerto Princesa City last Nov. 9.

“I want to en­cour­age each and ev­ery mem­ber to share with us their ideas and join us in pro­mot­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Mi­tra, a for­mer elected gov­er­nor of Palawan Prov­ince.

“I want us to work to­gether to­wards a com­mon goal, that is, the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of box­ing in the en­tire re­gion and the whole world,” said Mi­tra.

Mi­tra is pos­i­tive with the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of the more than 150 in the on-go­ing OPBF an­nual con­ven­tion un­til Nov. 12.

“I have high hopes that we will con­tinue to flour­ish to­gether,” he said. OPBF started with only three mem­bers -- Philip­pines, Ja­pan and Thai­land in 1954 as the Ori­en­tal Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

It was later named OPBF and it has now in­creased the num­ber of coun­try-mem­bers namely Aus­tralia, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, In­dia, In­done­sia, Korea, Mon­go­lia, New Zealand, Pa­pua New Guinea, Samoa, Tai­wan, Tonga, Malaysia and China.

Mi­tra said the in­crease sig­ni­fies strength, in­flu­ence and an as­sur­ance of de­vel­op­ment.

“To­gether, we will con­tinue to grow as a fam­ily, and to­gether we will work as a fam­ily,” said Mi­tra. PNA THREE Team Lakay fighters made up for the sorry loss of Ed­uard Fo­layang and Danny Kin­gad in One Cham­pi­onship Fri­day evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Kevin Belin­gon pushed him­self to an­other pos­si­ble ti­tle re­match against ban­tamweight king Bib­iano Fer­nan­dez af­ter scor­ing a unan­i­mous win over pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Kevin Chung of South Korea.

Belin­gon cap­tured an­other sen­sa­tional vic­tory in front of a ju­bi­lant home­town crowd as he ef­fort­lessly dic­tated the pace in the stand-up, where his op­po­nent was at a stylis­tic dis­ad­van­tage.

The Ifu­gao prov­ince na­tive fre­quently caught Chung with crush­ing right crosses and lash­ing kicks to the body from bell to bell.

Chung tried to change the com­plex­ion of the match by re­sort­ing to his su­perb grap­pling skills, but Belin­gon’s de­fense against sub­mis­sion at­tempts was enough to steer him to a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion tri­umph.

“I was sur­prised Kevin Chung was a tough fighter,” Belin­gon said in a post fight in­ter­view. “I just de­fended his take­downs and sub­mis­sion.”

Belin­gon made it four in a row af­ter his loss to Fer­nan­des in 2016.

An­other for­mer ti­tle con­tender in Joshua Pa­cio emerged vic­to­ri­ous against vet­eran mar­tial artist Roy Doliguez by notch­ing a high­light-reel knock­out in the sec­ond round.

The young Team Lakay stand­out ex­hib­ited stel­lar form from the get-go, wear­ing down his fel­low Filipino op­po­nent with im­pec­ca­ble grap­pling and heavy high kicks. Hun­gry to place him­self back on the win­ning track, Pa­cio put the fin­ish­ing touches in the sec­ond frame, where he un­leashed a well-timed spin­ning back-fist that sent Doliguez crash­ing down to the can­vas.

“It’s up to One Cham­pi­onship whom I fight next. With my per­for­mance tonight, I be­lieve I am still one of the best strawweight in One,” added the youth­ful Pa­cio.

Highly-touted atom­weight prospect Gina Iniong ex­tended her win­ning streak in­side the ONE Cham­pi­onship cage with an out­stand­ing sec­on­dround fin­ish of In­done­sia’s Priscilla Her­tati Lum­ban Gaol.

With a di­verse strik­ing ar­se­nal, Iniong un­loaded her sig­na­ture right hand on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, find­ing the mark. In the sec­ond frame, Iniong found an open­ing to take Gaol down to the mat. Ap­ply­ing a cru­ci­fix, Iniong de­liv­ered a flurry of ground punches to force the ref­eree to step in and call a halt to the con­test. Rod­er­ick Osis

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