Omega eyes another boxing event next month

Published November 9, 2020, 3:12 PM

by Waylon Galvez

Penitente Apolinar (right) of the Omega Boxing Promotions, against Jetro Pabustan from Cagayan de Oro in the 10-round featherweight fight last Wednesday in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Cebu-based boxing outfit Omega Sports Promotion has set another event next month as a follow-up to its successful staging in October which was held under strict health guidelines due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Julius Erving Junco, the head trainer of Omega, said Monday that the boxing promotions headed by Pio Paulo Castillo III is targeting Dec. 18 as a possible date for the second event.

“We’re still finalizing the opponents (of our fighters at Omega stable),” Junco told Manila Bulletin. “But same set up, we’ll continue to implement the same protocols approved by the government.”

Last Oct. 7, the Omega Sports Promotions staged a four-card fight, the first in the country amidst the pandemic. It was considered a success since none got sick before and after the event.

Organizers followed the protocols approved by the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) – composed of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Aside from the regular swab testing of boxers, coaches and officials, the event was held inside the bubble at the Omega-owned International Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI) facility in Mandaue City.

GAB chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra said the decision of Omega Sports is a testament that professional boxing is back in the country, and they are here to lend support to organizers.

“We are happy that after they launched the very successful boxing restart in Cebu last, the Omega boxing stable will have a pre-Christmas offering,” said Mitra, former governor of Palawan.

Aside from Omega, two other promotions have already received clearance to stage an event.

Sanman Boxing Promotions of JC Manangquil will stage a five-card fight on Nov. 21 led by former WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales at the Sanman Gym in General Santos City.

Also, GAB gave its approval to Quibors Boxing Stable, which is finalizing its discussion with the Local Government Unit (LGU) for a fight-card event in Bacoor, Cavite.