ALA shutdown 'a big dent to the boxing world' says GAB chair Mitra

Boxers who want to follow in the footsteps of Donnie Nietes may have to find a new home as ALA closes down. HBO (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The closure of ALA Boxing dealt the Philippine boxing community a devastating knockout blow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fact, according to Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra, the said development was too much of a haymaker.

"ALA, which has been owned and managed by the Aldeguer family for 35 years, will definitely be a big dent to the boxing world in the Philippines," Mitra said on Tuesday night, moments after ALA announced that it will shut down its operations.

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ALA produced some of the best professional boxers in recent memory like Gerry Penalosa, Z Gorres, AJ Banal, and Donnie Nietes, but with the stable and promotion closing shop for now, its current pugs now have no place they can call home.

Mitra said that GAB is hoping that the other boxing stables and promotions will step up in bringing in the boxers affected by the ALA closure.

"We hope that new promoters with similar dedication in the boxing industry can fill in for ALA's absence," he further stated.

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