Mitra wants a more participative, transparent OPBF
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