BACOLOD City and Negros Occidental has a long list of boxing champions both in the amateur and professional like Asia’s first world flyweight champion Francisco ‘Pancho Villa’ Guilledo, IBF light flyweight titlist and longest reigning Filipino champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes, WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Villanueva, WBO Asia Pacific featherweight titlist Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania, Olympians – Velasco brothers Roel and Mansueto, and Leopoldo Cantancio, to name a few.
And in order to keep the momentum going, former Games and Amusement Board Chairman Juan Ramon ‘Monju’ Guanzon, who is also the current president of the Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association, disclosed that they are putting up a new boxing facility which aims to provide a venue for quality training of future boxing champions.
“Champions will grow old and we need not to stop developing future champions. And to attain this, we need a venue for them,” he said. “Now we are up in building this boxing facility in our property along Hernaez Street, just across the Paglaum Sports Complex. I hope more champions will rise from here,” he added.
In achieving this goal, Thai philanthropist Naris Singwancha donated $2,000 to Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association for the construction of a boxing ring. He likewise handed another $2,000 to the Games and Amusement Board as initial fund to support the lifetime monthly allowances of former Filipino world champions at P3,000 each.*