Wasted chances of Pinoy boxers in time of COVID-19

While other boxers are scrambling to have fights worldwide, 3 Filipinos blew the chances given them in the United States just this July.

To compound their misery, they were not even able to throw a punch.

Mark John Yap got overweight, John Vincent Moralde contracted COVID-19, and Mercedito Gesta was downed by food poisoning.

These incidents could have been avoided and, at least, they could have had fighting chances.

Yap's case was more appalling because it did not happen overnight. Granting the trainer and his manager have been remiss on their jobs, it's also his responsibility to monitor his weight, especially during fight week.

Blaming a faulty weighing scale doesn't cut it because Yap (30-15, 15 knockouts) checked in a whopping 8.7 pounds over the contracted weight of 128 during the official weigh-in of his fight against Colombian Miguel Marriaga (29-3, 25 knockouts) on Thursday, July 16, (Friday, July 17, Philippine time).

Though it wasn't his fault as he got hit by an unseen enemy, Moralde could have improved his record of 23-3, 13 knockouts as he was pitted against Mexican lightweight Alexis del Bosque (17-5, 9 KOs) on the same day as Yap.

According to JC Manangquil, head of Sanman Promotions, Moralde is now fully recovered and is back in Miami, Florida, raring to regain fighting shape under the guidance of Cuban coach Osmiri Fernandez.

The San Diego, California-based Gesta, a 16-year pro, made a  terrible slip when he suffered from food poisoning and was forced to withdraw from his tussle against prime prospect Hector Tanajara Jr (19-0, 5 kos) on July 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

Coming from a loss and a draw in his last two fights, Gesta (32-3-3, 17 knockouts), badly needs a win to stay relevant in the lightweight division. – Rappler.com