14 Jul 2017

A group representing the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (GAB) headed by President Abraham Mitra held a meeting with Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, WBC Vice-President, WBC Asia President, Chairman of the WBC Muaythai and ABCO executives at the offices of the Asia Boxing Council in Bangkok on 14 July.
The meeting discussed the concerns and actions taken for the health and safety of boxers in the Asian region, and the continuance of close co-operation between GAB in the Philippines and ABCO in Thailand. To this effect, a letter of affiliated cooperation was signed between ABCO and GAB.
In the more recent past Muaythai has have been added to the list of sports controlled by GAB in the Philippines.
Since becoming the new GAB President Mr Mitra, former Palawan governor and congressman, has given his support and attention to the growth to boxing in the Philippines where there are now 1500 licensed professional boxers compared to 642 when he took office.
Pol. General Kovid said that ABCO would continue to place its close attention on safe boxing.
“Safe and fair boxing will remain a priority for the Asian Boxing Council,” Pol. Gen Kovid told President Mitra.
GAB has regulated that all boxers in the Philippines must have a 45 days rest period before fights and any boxer who suffers a KO could not box again for 90 days to allow full recovery.
GAB has placed guidelines for professional boxers competing in other countries with the understanding that boxers and promoters fight abroad because of earning potential and for the invaluable experience the boxers receive.


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