WHAT’S the latest on the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra, this year?
What is the status of the planned boxing and combat sports commission?
What are the steps being taken by the government supervisory and regulatory body to ensure the welfare of pro athletes?
The answers – and more – will be known today when GAB Commissioner Mar Masanguid and Eduard Trinidad meet the press today for the 7th “Usapang Sports” presented by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.
Masanguid and Trinidad will represent Mitra, who was also the first guest of the weekly sports session along with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) head William “Butch” Ramirez during its formal launching last November.
The two GAB officials will be joined in the 10 a.m. forum by World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia bantamweight champion Carl Jammes “Wonder Boy” Martin and World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia super featherweight titlist Al “The Rock” Toyogon, who will talk about their chances in their coming title fights.
Martin, a native of Lagawe, Ifugao will battle Petchchorhae Kokietgym of Thailand on Feb. 16.
The 19-year-old Martin holds an impressive 11-0 win-loss record, including 10 by knockouts. He won the title with a fourth-round knockout of Moon Chul Suh of Korea last Oct. 27.
Toyogon, on the other hand, is set to defend his title against Ryusei Ishii of Japan at the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque on Jan. 26.
Toyogon, the 20-year-old pride of Gingoog City, Misamis Occidental, has a ring record of 9-2-1, including six by knockouts.
The Toyogon-Ishii title fight will topbill the “Night of Champions XVI” blockbuster card put up by well-known promoter-matchmaker Bebot Elorde.
TOPS president Ed Andaya of People’s Tonight is requesting sports editors, writers and photographers from the country’s leading tabloids to attend the forum.