Palawan Hosts the 55th OPBF Convention: Mitra Hopes to Usher a New Era Through Transparency and Participation

“We will welcome them to the number one island and tourist spot in the world,”
– Baham Mitra Chairman of OPBF

Palawan Host the 55th OPBF Convention

OPBF Convention, November 9 to 12 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

The OPBF conventions keep getting better and this year, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Convention will hold its event at one of the worlds best islands and tourist spots in the Philippines.
With the recently concluded Boxing conventions from top boxing organizations like WBO, WBA, and WBC, it is now time for the OPBF to showcase and host delegates from members of the federation including representatives from Australia, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, PAMA, Republic of China, Samoa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga and the Philippines.
Baham Mitra, the current Games and Amusement board Chairman, a former governor of Palawan, as well as the newly named President of the OPBF is very much excited to welcome the delegates and is very optimistic in OPBF boxing. He believes that the boxing industry in the region has improved and will continue to do so in the years to come.
In his term, he looks to further improve relationships with the member countries by re-engaging inactive members and requesting them to participate, share ideas and comments. Mitra who recently had a breakthrough with Philippine boxing as he spearheaded the initiative of the athletes’ healthcare program which includes free medical checkup and CT scan for all professional boxers, a feat that has gained GAB as well as himself a commendation during the WBC convention and has earned the 2017 WBC Commission of the Year Award.
 Mitra was nothing but thankful.
“This is a recognition of all the Board’s hard work and dedication to improving boxing in the Philippines. The WBC is the oldest and most prestigious boxing organization in the world with so many countries/commission as members and it is a great great honor for GAB and the Philippines to receive this citation and award,  I think it’s the innovations we have instituted thru transparency, participation, and dedication plus of course love for boxing that was recognized”, – Baham Mitra said.
Baham Mitra accepting the Commission of the Year award at the recently concluded WBC Convention

Transparency, Participation, Dedication, and Love for Boxing

These are the things that embody the organization and the new OPBF Chairman will continue to translate these into actions and on his first OPBF convention as a chairman, he wants nothing more than to verbalize his plans and engage with all the members.
The convention proper will start on Thursday, November 9 and will be opened by Baham Mitra himself,  President of OPBF. Welcome remarks will be delivered by special Guest of Honor WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman which will then be followed by the recognition of each of the member country representatives. A cultural show will spice up lunch in the afternoon followed by an executive meeting, legal updates, and boxing rating. The first day will be capped with Gala Dinner and Awards.
Friday, November 10 2nd day will be full of seminars, starting with OPBF Referees and Judges’ seminar which will be headed by Gene Del Bianco and Steve Weisfield. A talk about Medical Aspects in Boxing will also be discussed by Dr. Redentor Viernes, GAB Chief Medical Section. At around 4 pm, the much awaited 4 title bout boxing event will kick off and the night will culminate with a fire dance show to further heat up a night full of action.
Saturday, November 11 will be the time to relax for the delegates as OPBF sponsors a tour at the world famous Palawan Underground River. A City parade and a number of surprise boxing activities are also on the itinerary.
Sunday, November 12 will be the closing ceremonies and distribution of certificates of attendance. Coverage
One of the innovations of Baham Mitra and the Games and Amusement Board is to adapt with the digital market and Internet of Things.  Baham Mitra recognizes the opportunities and the challenges of today’s sports industry and has implemented a number of digital innovations to help him bring forth his vision of transparency and participation. He has started to implement social media live broadcast and real-time updates of scores and up to date news and feedback via the internet to fans, members followers alike., led by Pow Salud, a long time fan of the sport of boxing and digital sales and marketing expert is one of the prime believers of Baham Mitra in his continuous effort to innovate. As a sports blogger and a digital influencer, we believe that boxing not just in the Philippines but in the Oriental and Pacific area is in the perfect position to grow and Powcast, as part of the digital and internet industry, will be all in, supporting boxing in the region.

More power to OPBF!

5 Titles Up for Grab at the OPBF Convention Fight Night in Palawan

OPBF Brings Night of Champions in Palawan 

OPBF Convention Fight Night in Palawan
With exactly one week away from the much-awaited OPBF fight night which will be held on the second day of the 55th OPBF convention, fighters get ready for their chance to showcase their skills in front of some of the most important figures in boxing including WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
OPBF is one of the 11 continental federations comprising the WBC. The members of the OPBF regional groups are Australia, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, PAMA, Republic of China, Samoa, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga and the Philippines.
Newly named president of the OPBF  Baham Mitra will try to impress visitors and participants as he showcases not only a great boxing night but as well as the beauty of his hometown, Palawan were he previously served as a Governor.
Brico Santig of Highland Boxing, Gerry Penalosa and  Ryuta Kato of United Boxing Promotion will be co-promoting the fight night that will headline the nephew of the former two-division boxing champ Gerry Penalosa.

Carlo Caesar Penalosa vs Salatiel Amit

For the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Flyweight Title.
Nickname too sharp, the 24-year-old nephew of Gerry Penalosa, Carlo Caaesar is looking for a breakout performance as he contends for a belt for the very first time in his career.
Currently, with 9 wins and only 1 defeat he will be put to a test against a fighter who is looking to turned around his career after dropping 2 of his last three fights including TKO losses to Froilan Saludar and Jonathan Taconing. Salatiel Amit Alyas Pakyaw at 25  got 10 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws is not a bad record considering the fighters who defeated him are two of the best boxers in the Philippines.

Omrri Bolivar vs Jelbirt Gomera 

For the interim OPBF Silver Featherweight Title. 

The Philippines’ Jelbirth Gomera should be thankful that he is getting a crack at the featherweight title as well as the opportunity to defend the Philippine flag as he faces an undefeated 27-year old Venezuelan. Jelbirth Gomera, a product of General Santos City had suffered three consecutive heartwrenching decision losses in Japan, Korea and recently in the Philippines. A win against Omrii Bolivar (5-0) would help rejuvenate his career.
Also on the card are two female championship bouts including Yuko Henzan vs Phannaluk Kongsang for the vacant OPBF Female Bantamweight Title and Erika Hanawa vs Sornsawan Khunmarn for the interim OPBF Female Minimumweight Title.

ABF Flyweight championship will also be on the line. 

Other bouts will include a Flyweight battle between  Jeronil Borres vs Robert Onggocan and super featherweight tussle between Ryan James Racaza vs  Junar Adante. will be in the ringside as this happens and we will be calling the action live in our official Facebook page. 

Mark John Yap Gets off the Canvas to Stop Masuda

OPBF Bantamweight champion Mark John “Journeyman” Yap (27-12,13KOs) is successful on his first title defense against Japanese Kentaro Masuda (27-8,15KOs) at Sumiyoshi Ward in Osaka Japan.
Osaka based Filipino Yap was down three times in the first round and it seems that Japanese boxer will finish him early but the determination of Yap helps him to came back and stop Masuda in fourth round. Yap and Masuda gave the fans short but entertaining fight that could be nominated as fight of the year candidate in Japan.
“Ganda ng laban, best fight of the year survival talaga ako” Said Yap to powcastsports via facebook interview.
Yap who dubbed himself as “Journeyman” is now eyeing world title shot next.
“Yun ang target WBC and IBF basta bigyan ng chance, Si (Shinsuke) Yamanaka and  (Ryan) Burnet.
Yap acquired the OPBF bantamweight title with 5th round TKO win over former world rated Takahiro Yamamoto in November 2016. He is on eight fight winning streak including win over former WBA interim champion Juan Jose Landeata, former undefeated prospect Tatsuya Ikemizu,
4-times world title challenger Horoyuki Hisataka, former world rated Takahiro Yamamoto and his latest win against Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda.
Mark John Yap of Cagayan de Oro is training under Muto gym in Osaka, He is currently  WBC # 7 and IBF #8 at Bantamweight division and expected to gain higher ranking next month.

Yap and Masuda Ready for War!

L-(challenger) Masuda, R(champion) Yap photo by
Japan based Filipino Mark John Yap (26-12,12) is set to defend his OPBF Bantamweight Title against Japanese champion Kentaro Masuda (27-7,15) tomorrow night at Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka Japan as part of OPBF Triple Header Fight.
In the co main event Yap’s stable mate and current OPBF Middleweight champion Koki Tyson (12-2-2) will defend his title against Amerian Brandon Lockhart Shane (8-5-1)
The card will also feature OPBF Super middleweight Title fight between champion Niwat Kongan (8-3) of Thailand and challenger Jumbo Oda (10-4).

Abcede and Koura Made Weight Ahead of Their OPBF Title Fight

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Japan- Former Oriental minimumweight champion Jaysever Abcede (14-6,9KOs)  and undefeated Japanese Tsubasa Koura (10-0,7) made weight earlier ahead of their fight tomorrow for the vacant OPBF Minimumweight Title.

L-Abcede, R-Koura photo by Elliot Tiolle

Both boxers weighing under the limit of 115 pounds. Koura weighing in under 100g while Abcede weighing in under 300 g.
Tsubasa Koura was originally scheduled to face Lito Dante but Game and Amusement Board (GAB) did not give Dante permission to fight abroad. Dante is now slated to do a local fight with Powell Balaba on July 31 at Binan City Laguna.