Quantcast
Latest Stories

One Game At A Time

Boxers’ safety still paramount

By

On an almost windless and humid Saturday night at the Sucat People’s Park in Muntinlupa, a lean and lanky boxer was helped by air from an oxygen tank.

Bantamweight contender Ryan Origenes was knocked out at 2:39 of Round 6 of a Philippine Boxing Federation super bantamweight title battle against Danilo Peña. Peña is a relentless though unpolished former Philippine champion who packs a mean wallop in a fighting form that gave him his “Pit Bull” sobriquet. Origenes was aware of all that in the five rounds that Peña pummeled him with wicked body and head punches.

There were cheers for Peña of course but these were quickly replaced by hushed tones as GAB physician Mae Bañes attended to Origenes. The crowd of about 2,500 in the open air venue was anxious to find out when Origenes would get up while the boxing regulars from the GAB and the different stables were wondering if another Karl Maquinto was about to haunt local boxing anew. Maquinto was a young and promising boxer who died because of a blood clot after a fight at Caloocan City, January this year. As expected, the calls for stricter prefight health checkups and more emergency medical facilities were sounded.

But Dr. Bañes was in command of the situation, making sure that Origenes was not moved until he had control of his faculties. The oxygen tank was used even if Origenes was already opening his eyes. After some tense waiting, Origenes was helped out of the ring, not needing a stretcher and managing to sit up on a chair a few meters from the battle scene.

Origenes was still visibly stunned from the haymaker but was already breathing easier, even if the oxygen mask was still not removed. Bañes explained that it was important that boxers who had been floored so violently to get their normal breathing back as quickly as possible and for blood to circulate effortlessly.

Later, Dr. Bañes attended to Ricky Sabia who had been decked by Michael Escobia in the next bout. In the second round, Sabia spun after a barrage by Escobia and was then nailed with a right that sent him to the mat.

Veteran international referee Ferdinand Estrella who was the third man in the ring recounted: “Bibilangan ko pa sana, nasa 1… 2… na ako pagkabagsak.Pero nakita ko hindi na kaya ni Sabia (I was still going for a count and was at “one… two…” after he fell. But I saw that Sabia had had enough). Sabia was up and about quickly after Bañes cleared him to stand up from his corner stool.

Then, in the main event, Bañes also had to make the call to stop the PBF mini-flyweight title bout between Joan Imperial and Jetly Purisima. Purisima suffered a nasty cut above his right eyebrow after an accidental clash of noggins in the second round. “Ang lalim po (It was a deep cut, sir),” Bañes revealed, prompting one GAB official to compare the cut to a sharp knife’s stab. The fight was a technical draw with no need to count the scores since it ended before the fourth round.

Because of its inherent violence, measures must continue to be taken to ensure the safety of boxers. Alert decision making by the referees and Dr.Bañes that night in Muntinlupa may have abbreviated a fistic fiesta but surely extended the careers of the boxers. Maquinto’s legacy is clearly to remind all to preserve boxing as a sport and a source of livelihood by protecting those who battle in the ring.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More from this Column:

    Recent Stories:

    Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


    Tags: bantamweight , Boxing



    Copyright © 2014, .
    To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
    Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
    c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
    Advertisement

    News

  • DPWH to favor road rehab over preventive maintenance in next 2 years
  • Uruguay’s leader declares $322,883 in wealth
  • Classes to resume at Pennsylvania stabbing school
  • DENR to tighten watch vs illegal logging in Davao area during Holy Week
  • SC junks Syjuco petition vs Ombudsman Act
  • Sports

  • Knicks prevent Nets from clinching fifth seed
  • Arsenal beats West Ham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Memorial service marks Hillsborough anniversary
  • My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  • Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  • Lifestyle

  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  • Entertainment

  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • 2NE1 returns to Manila with “All Or Nothing” Tour
  • Gary Valenciano just keeps moving
  • Business

  • I-Remit teams up with Lakhoo for remittances from Oman
  • Megawide nets P1.4 B in 2013
  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Make a stylish statement with the all-new Yaris
  • Hearing set in Olarte case
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • US Embassy closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday
  • Relief worker draws inspiration from helping Yolanda victims
  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
  • No travel restrictions to Middle East amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Measures set against entry of MERS-CoV
  • Marketplace