The next "IDOL 2" will be held in Bacolod City during the Masskara Festival in October, Michael Aldeguer, ALA Promotions president, disclosed recently.
Aldeguer was inspired by the turn-out of spectators during the launching of “IDOL 1” boxing bouts at the Big Dome Square in Escalante city where about 6,000 spectators witnessed how native boy Melvin “Top Gun” Gumban disposed of his Indonesian opponent via stoppage in the seven round.
Aldeguer said Bacolod City sensation Juren Labordo is one boxer being honed for stardom by ALA Promotions. But Labordo's opponent has not yet been disclosed.
Labordo, a former Palarong Pambansa medalist, scored a first round knockout against Ricky Sabia of Elorde Stable, Metro Manila in the “ALA-Cobra Tunay na Lakas” boxing last July 21 at the BAYS Center. Another boxer to watch is Roland Servania, the kid brother of WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania.
Roland scored a unanimous decision over Jonas Zultan of Zamboanga Del Norte in the same event.
Aldequer said he has a plan for Gumban after his convincing victory against Indonesian John “Geli” Bajawa. He said Gumban will be back at the venue in the future and assured that in “IDOL”, he will put up regional championships.
“IDOL” is aimed at discovering future boxing champion in every locality. This project is in partnership with Studio 23 of ABS-CBN.
Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap Jr., said the turn-out of spectators shows how Escalante City residents idolize Gumban, a former amateur representing Western Visayas in the Palarong Pambansa and from Brgy. Balintawak in the city.
Yap said he was elated that his city was fortunate to have the launching venue of “IDOL 1.” He lauded ALA for selecting Escalante City as partner and official venue of the launching.
Dennis Cañete, ALA Promotions vice president and general manager, said the support of the city government was overwhelming and the reason why they chose Escalante as the pilot of the ‘Idol 1' Boxing Series.*NAB
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