GAB Reminds PBA of Controversial Trade Between SMB and Kia


Lopsided trades could turn off fans

Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham Mitra today called out the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to remind the basketball body that the GAB is looking intently on how the coming draft will be done. 

“There are complaints about the KIA-SMB deal and we are intently observing. How the PBA will handle it will determine if the next season will excite or turn off fans,” says Mitra.

“We would like to have a balance between all teams which would help competitiveness and boost sales. We want more teams to grow their fan base. Fans troop to games with star players. The danger of declining ticket sales becomes real when stars are concentrated in only a few teams, ” added Mitra. 

The trade is reportedly taking place this coming weekend but the PBA has not hinted if the KIA-SMB  will be approved or not.

“KIA, Blackwater, Global port and Phoenix seem to need more stars in their team to be able to compete with the others. As in the past, lopsided matches affect public interest, gate receipts and revenues to the government. The yearly draft is normally an opportunity for weaker teams to get better players to hopefully even up the games.”

The GAB is the government agency that regulates all professional sports in the country like basketball, boxing, football, golf, cycling, motocross, billiards, and e-sports. It is also the collecting agency of 3% of gate receipts and income from tv coverage contacts.

“We hope the coming draft will give teams with lower winning records the fair chance  to equalize themselves with the others,” he added.

Games and Amusements Board is 2017 WBC’s Commission of the Year

Congratulations to Games and Amusement Board

Chairman Abraham Mitra poses as he accepts the Commision of the Year Award
In the 55th World Boxing Council Convention at Baku, Azerbaijan the Games and Amusements Board was awarded a very prestigious commendation as the COMMISSION OF THE YEAR.

“This is a recognition of all the boards’ hard work and dedication to improving boxing in the Philippines”, says Chairman Abraham Mitra.
“The WBC is the oldest and most prestigious boxing organization in the world with so many countries/commissions as members and it is a great honor for GAB and the Philippines to receive this citation and award” added Mitra.
“I think it’s the innovation we have instituted thru transparency, participation, and dedication plus of course love for boxing that was recognized”, Mitra said.

In an executive meeting earlier with the WBC board of governors, the GAB-DOH medical licensing assistance program was well applauded when it was presented by Chairman Mitra. President Mauricio Sulaiman of WBC has asked for a copy of the moa and internal rules and urged other more developed countries to follow the Philippine example.

Those present to witness the acceptance of the award were former Gab Chairman Ramon Guanzon, WBC medical com vice chair Dr. Nass Cruz, Philippines  Premier Promoters Johnny and Liza Elorde, WBC president MauriciSulaimanan, WBC supreme council members, Vice Presidents, Board of Governors and managers/promoters from all over the world.

GAB Calls for a Review of the Pacquiao vs Horn Fight and a Sanction for Referee and Judges

The Battle of Brisbane was one of the best boxing match that we have seen in recent years. A young and hungry fighter against a legend of boxing.
Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao was a scintelating action packed fight. Jeff Horn the underdog showed the world that he is deserving of the fight against Pacquiao.  Jeff Horn swarmed Pacquiao all rounds but Pacquiao was throwing the more effective punches. 
50,000 people were bare witnesses of the fight inside Suncorp stadium in Brisbane including the Local governing body from the Philippines who regulate boxing events and licenses of pro boxing events.
Because of the call of the fans, the organization, headed by GAB Chairman Baham Mitra, sent a formal letter to WBO calling for a review of the fight and calls for sanctions for judges and referee if there are irregularities  that is found.

GAB 3rd Philippine Boxing Convention " Breaking Tradition for the Better"

GAB to award outstanding boxers other stakeholders in Davao confab

13 bouts set on May 12
“Breaking tradition for the better, the Games and Amusements board (GAB) shall recognize outstanding achievements in all aspects of boxing. Promoters, matchmakers, managers, trainers and referees shall receive awards alongside our champion boxers,” said Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra, chairman of the GAB. The GAB shall host the Third Philippine Boxing Convention in Davao City from May 11 to 13 (Thursday to Saturday).
“We designed this convention to be as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Expected to attend are boxing stakeholders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. We shall hold thirteen (13) bouts on May 12th, the second day of the convention,” said Commissioner Fritz Gaston. The bouts shall be held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel and seminars and meetings at the Marco Polo Hotel.
This three-day event will comprise of different seminars to be conducted by GAB’s Medical Officers, Dr. Radentor R. Viernes and Dr. Jose Rolando S. Rivera, GAB Legal Division Chief Atty. Ermar U. Benitez, WBC Ring Officials Chairman Hubert P. Minn, and International Referee Tony Weeks.
“This convention will once again bring together our friends and stakeholders in the field of professional boxing from all over the Philippines, who we consider our partners in developing and uplifting the interest of the sport of professional boxing in the Philippines.The great interest and big number of attendees prove boxing has more glory days ahead. And, in the journey to those glory days, the GAB will be its close ally,” Mitra explained.
Slated to fight are professional boxers Jake Bornea and Renerio Arizala for WBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight Championship, Ryan Lumacad and Renold Pael for ABF Super Flyweight Championship, and Roskie Cristobal and Alvin Makiling for PBF Bantamweight Championship, among others.
“The GAB has drawn a list of awardees from nominations by all stakeholders nationwide. The list underwent intensive vetting process. Kinilatis po sila ng kanilang mga kasamahan at mga naging kakompetensiya nila,” said Chairman Mitra.
Among the awardees are: former world champion Marlon “Nightmare” Tapales; former IBF world flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, IBF world light flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas and WIBA world minimumweight world champion Gretchen Abaniel as “Boxers of the Year”.


Mr. Juan Ramon Guanzon
OPBF President

Hubert Minn (Hawaii)
Chairman, WBC Ring Officials/Resource Speaker

Tony Weeks (Las Vegas)
International Referee/ Resource Speaker

Naris Singwangcha (Thailand)
Boxing Philanthropist

Ryuta Kato
Pres., United Int’l. Boxing Promotions

Lope, Sarreal
Pres., Phil. Boxing Federation

Dante Alamario
Pres., Managers-Promoters’ Assoc.

Mrs. Ma. Laura Elorde
Matriarch of Phil. Boxing

Professional Boxing Officials of Cebu

Ass’n. Of Phil. Professional Boxing Ring Officials (APPBRO)


Michael Aldeguer
International Boxing  Promoter of the Year

Gabriel Elorde, Jr.-Juan Lope Elorde
Dexter Tan-Arnold Palafox
Boxing Promoter of the Year

Brico Santig-Jim Claude Manangquil
Most Accomplished Boxing Manager of the Year

Angel Dela Merced
Most Promising Boxing Promoter

Artemio Monis
Boxing Matchmaker of the Year

Jhun Agrabio
Fernando Ocon
Boxing Trainer of the Year


Hon. Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao
WBO World Welterweight Champion
Eight-Division World Boxing Champion

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes
IBF World Flyweight Champion
Longest Reigning Boxing World Champion in the Phils.


Bruce Mctavish
Professional Boxing Referee