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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, June 23, 2009
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Melligen set to return home
after big victory in Mexico

BY NIDA BUENAFE

The latest toast of ALA Gym, Bacolod City’s very own son Mark Jason Melligen, is arriving in the city this week to attend the wake of his grandfather, Rosendo, who died from a stroke.

His mother, Melly Francisca, said Mark Jason was so deeply saddened by the news of his grandfather’s death that they were worried it would affect his fight against Mexican Fabian Luque last Sunday.

Instead, the 23-year-old Bacoleño pug unleashed his power on Luque, floored him once in the first round, and finished the fight in the second canto with a technical knockout.

“The pride of ALA Boxing Gym and Top Rank Promotions best kept secret and top young prospect,” was how sportswriter Rod Mijares described Melligen in his report posted in philboxing.com

Melligen started hot from the very first round and put his opponent on the canvas. Luque was able to beat the 8th count but was too wobbly to fight back or defend himself, reports from the wires said.

Melligen continued where he left off in the second round and again knocked down Luque.  He did beat the count but Melligen continued his barrage until the referee could not take it anymore and has to stop the onslaught to avoid further damage to Luque, the report added.

After the fight, Mexicans were congratulating Melligen for a very spectacular win, akin to Manny Pacquiao's style.

The eldest of the three boxing sons of Gerardo, a carpenter, and Melly Francisca, Mark Jason’s latest victory inspires his brother Mark Gil and John Rey to polish their skills and follow in his footsteps.

Mark Gil is scheduled to fight on June 27 in Cebu while John Rey is raring to go back to training as a member of the RP national team.

Francisca said that of her three sons, it was Mark Jason who was reluctant to go into boxing at first.

“He used to tell us that he does not want to box but when he saw his father training his two brothers, he showed some interest and he started joining boxing contests,” Melly recalled.

His skills did not pass unnoticed and Mark Jason was tapped to join the RP national team. But after a few years, he opted to go pro.

“He believes that by turning pro, he will be able to help our family,” his mother, who earns meager income from selling fruits at the Libertad Market in Bacolod City, said.

Although she did not know how much Mark Jason earned from his fight against Luque, Melly hopes it was more than enough to pay for his fare back to Bacolod City so that he can attend his grandfather’s burial.

The Melligen’s expressed their gratitude to Tony Aldeguer, owner of the ALA Gym, for handling Mark Jason’s boxing career.

Melly said it was Aldeguer himself who called last Sunday to tell them about Mark Jason’s victory.

Aside from ALA, she said the Melligen family is grateful to Negros Amateur Boxing Association, headed by GAB Commissioner Juan Ramon Guanzon, where all three boxing Melligens started their careers.*NAB

 

 

 

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