The National, Wednesday June 18th, 2013
By JACK AMI
THE Papua New Guinea Boxing Federation is hiring Filipino boxing trainer Charlie Sanchez from Angeles City.
This was confirmed by federation vice-president Alex Rihatta, who said Sanchez would train and prepare local professionals Jason Hayeu, Joe Kara and John Dekalm for the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title fights.
Hayeu gets a rematch with Filipino Dado Cabintoy, Kara fights Bryan Orbong for the WPBF youth title and Deklam’s opponent has yet to be finalised.
These three boxers and their management have been advised to meet the requirements by paying K100 and K50 respectively as well as submit medical clearances to PNG Boxing Commission and Control Board, the governing body of professional boxing in the country.
“Sanchez is a certified and well known trainer in Angeles City and inviting him here to train local boxers here is a great opportunity to learn skills from a qualified trainer and a bonus to achieve results,” Rihatta said.
He will arrive in the country next week and part of his stint will see him train amateur boxers with the Socay Boxing Club, formerly the Hohola Youth Boxing Club.
“PNGBF is not only concentrating on developing professional boxers but amateurs as well as witnessed in the world as the same rules apply,” Rihatta said.
“The only difference is that amateurs use head gear (guards) to protect their heads from punches.
“And the federation call on the PNG Boxing Union to work hand in hand with the pros to develop amateurs and prepare them for the Mini Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna in Septembers and the 2015 Pacific Games in PNG.
“Differences should be put aside as this is a thing of the past and we must plan and look forward to success for PNG boxing at large.”
Boxers to contest in this Sunday’s bouts at the Sports Inn have been advised to get their medical clearances before close of business today.