Manolo Fortich’s lady boxer wins national amateur title

MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon –  Sixteen-year old Kimberly Labajo of Lingion, this town, won the youth girls’ featherweight title of the 2012 PLDT-ABAP National Open Boxing Championships at the Cogon Gymnasium in Tagbilaran City, Bohol earlier this month.

She defeated Kimberly Edilio from Asuncion with a score of 23-12 to win gold in the annual tournament of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP).

Labajo is a second year student at the Manolo Fortich National High School and is a daughter of a farmer in Lingion.

Melvin Jerusalem, 17, of Brgy. Lingion, also bagged the silver medal for the 46-kilogram boys pin weight division. Rienbrand Jaingga, 17, from Brgy. Lindaban won a bronze medal for the youth boy’s division and Lauren Oras, 12, from Brgy. Sankanan another bronze for the 34-kilogram minimum-weight division.

Ronald Galolo Sr. coached the seven Manolo Fortich young boxers who joined the competition after they won in the local boxing matches organized by the municipal government.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan honored the young achievers during its regular session on March 28 with a resolution framed in glass commending their victory.

Jay Alquizar, Manolo Fortich sports coordinator said the players won their local matches and the Mindanao qualifiers in Panabo, Davao del Norte early this year.

He cited that the municipal government is banking on the potential of local boxers. He added that Mayor Rogelio Quino vowed to help develop the skills of aspiring boxers at the family-owned Muscleville Fitness Gym in Kalanawan, Manolo Fortich.

Alquizar said support includes their education needs. (Aaron Sumampong/Bukidnon News )