GAB to strictly en­force 45 day rest for box­ers

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page -

IN A bid to help Filipino box­ers uti­lize their tal­ent, the Games and Amuse­ment BOard over the week said it will strictly en­force the 45 days rest pe­riod.

GAB chair­man Abra­ham Khalil Mi­tra dur­ing a re­cent event in La Trinidad, Benguet said the rest pe­riod will also help re­cover box­ers from pos­si­ble in­juries.

"There was an ear­lier pro­posal of low­er­ing the days al­lowed to rest but I con­sulted Sen­a­tor Manny Pac­quiao and he said not to lower it be­ca­sue there are some health con­cerns," said Mi­tra.

Mi­tra added be­fore he as­sumed as GAB chair­man some fighter fore go of the man­dated 45 day rest pe­riod while some pro­mot­ers are seek­ing to lower the num­ber of rest pe­riod to just 30 days on a case-to-case ba­sis.

Mi­tra how­ever said he will stick to the 45 day rule and the manda­tory 90-day rest if a boxer is knocked out to fully re­cover from his in­juries.

The for­mer Palawan Gover­nor cited the case of High­land Box­ing Gym’s Carlo Ma­gali who was sup­posed to chal­lenge WBC World su­per feath­er­weight cham­pion Miguel Berchelt on Fe­bru­ary 10.

GAB acted swiftly on the re­quest of Ma­gali’s man­ager Brico Santig in La Trinidad, Benguet to shorten the boxer’s rest pe­riod.

In a let­ter from GAB fur­nished to Sun.Star Baguio by Santig, the box­ing and med­i­cal divi­sion of the agency did not al­low in short­en­ing his boxer’s rest pe­riod of 45 days from his pre­vi­ous fight which he won by a 10th round tech­ni­cal knock­out against Ja­panese chal­lenger Masatoshi Kotani on Jan­uary 13 at the Ko­rakuen Hall in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

GAB box­ing chief Dioscoro Bautista in the let­ter said Ma­gali’s last fight was not con­sid­ered an easy fight or a light pun­ish­ment and is not qual­i­fied for the short­ened rest pe­riod. Ma­gali will be 17 days short of the 45 days manda­tory rest pe­riod on Feb. 10.

“Hindi namin pinaya­gan kasi tala­gang ku­lang ng rest pe­riod. May mga tu­matakas pero pag nalala­man namin, na­susus­pende sila. Ang malungkot lang, gu­magwa sila ng paraan,” added Mi­tra.

The of­fi­cial said as of now, GAB will strictly en­force sus­pen­sion to those erring box­ers and soon enough will be hand­ing out can­cel­la­tion of li­censes. Rod­er­ick Osis

Photo by Rod­er­ick Osis

TI­TLE CON­TENDER. High­land Box­ing Gym’s An­to­nio Sis­mundo gets the in­terim WBL light­weight belt af­ter stop­ping Ja­son Ni­cart in the first round dur­ing the High­land Brawl 3: Fight to end Can­cer at the La Trinidad Mu­nic­i­pal Gym on April 6.

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