THE Philippines can now look forward to a better and cordial relationship with the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
No less than Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra and well-known promoters Johnny and Liza Elorde and Kenneth Rontal received the assurances of support from WBO officials during the 31st Annual Convention held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Panama.
In a report by Carlos Costa at Philboxing.com, the Filipino delegation managed to get the nods of WBO president Francisco Varcarcel and vice president Leon Panoncillo for better working relationships that will benefit both the WBO and the Filipino boxing community.
“The Filipino delegation, headed by GAB Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra achieved total success in its participation in the WBO Convention that took place in the beautiful Latin American nation of Panama,” Costa reported.
Mitra, who was appointed as GAB head by President Duterte in 2016, raised several important issues during the convention.
One of the issues raised was the controversial decision in the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn WBO world title fight in Brisbane, Australia last year.
(Pacquiao lost the WBO fight).
The other members of the Filipino delegation were GAB ring officials Danrex Tapdasan, Edward Ligas and Costa and Philboxing administrator Dong Secuya.
The Elorde couple worked on the ratings of Filipino boxers and even better relations with the sanctioning body presided by lawyer Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel of Puerto Rico.
Rontal represented his WBO minimumweight world champion Vic Saludar, one of the reigning Filipino boxing world champions.
Secuya reported on a wide number of issues, including the WBO approval of the super flyweight world title fight between Filipino Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka in Macau on Dec.
Other highlights of the Filipinos' participation were a meeting with Panama boxing legend Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran and a visit to he Panama Canal.