After the announcement of the closure of ALA Promotions, Jeo Santisima and Melvin Jerusalem put their trust in Sanman Promotions to handle their budding careers. Joining them is hot flyweight prospect Esneth Domingo. Sanman has forged a partnership with Japan based ZIP Management headed by Nobuyuki Matsuura and Mhavic Kamiyama. These promotional tandem will expand the market of its stable fighter to the boxing crazy country of Japan.
Sanman honcho Jim Claude Mananquil was so happy to announce this development. “We are flattered that WBC top ranked Jerusalem, WBO Oriental Champion Santisima and flyweight prospect Esneth Domingo decided to trust us. We will do our best to lead their careers into the bright direction and to guide them to reach the ultimate goal which is to win a world title. Indeed, we are excited for these fighters”, Manangquil said
In one of the biggest Filipino boxing related news stories ever, promotional giant ALA Boxing have announced that they are closing as a promotional company and boxing gym, with the shutters being pulled on ALA Promotions and ALA Gym after 35 years.
In recent times ALA boxing had faltered somewhat and the last few years have been frustrating ones for Filipino fans, who have failed to see prospects kick on and have sat watching Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) waste what could have been the final years of his career. The stable had also seen fighters like Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14)leave in the pursuit of opportunities that ALA were unable to deliver and had seen it's big hopes falling short on their way up.
Whilst it had faltered the assumption was that it would rebuild, come back and be strong once again. Those hopes were dashed earlier this year with a combination of the current global situation as well as things closer to home, with ABS-CBN being forced to close due to political reasons.
The gym have released a statement regarding the closure, which can be read below, which includes thanking the support of fighters, staff, fans, media, sponsors and boxing organisations.
We want to say thank you to ALA for all the great memories and time they have brought us over the years. This is a huge loss for Filipino boxing, even with the recent down turn in success that ALA have had. They have been integral to the success of Filipino boxing for decades and them bowing out will leave a huge hole in the sport in the country, that may take years to fill.
The one positive, if we can say that, is that ALA have released all their fighters who are now free agents and able to sign with any other promoters. This means the likes of KJ Cataraja (11-0 9), Go Hosaka (4-0, 3), Albert Pagara (32-1, 23), Melvin Jerusalem (15-2, 9), Esneth Domingo (13-1, 7)and even Donnie Nietes, if he does return to the ring, have no issues standing in their way when it comes to signing with a new promotional outfit. Fingers crossed that those fighters do get opportunities sooner rather than later and other promoters do pick them up, as there really is some incredible free agents no on the market.
With boxing's return to the Philippines still uncertain this really is dreadful news for fighters, fans, and everyone concerned with the Filipino boxing scene.
Earlier today ALA held a press conference to announce Idol 4, the next show in their second tier series of cards. The shows isn't a huge one, and is clearly a level behind their premier Pinoy Pride cards, but is still an excellent one set to take place at the Minglanilla Sports Complex in Minglanilla on November 10th.
The main talking point from the announcement was ALA matching together two former world title challengers, Melvin Jerusalem (13-2, 8) and Toto Landero (10-3-2, 2). Although it's not a world title fight it is an amazing match up between two fighters who have ran world champions incredibly close on foreign soil.
In 2017 Jerusalem pushed Wanheng Menayothin all the way in a WBC title fight. Despite losing to Wanheng, and then losing again to Joey Canoy, he is a genuine world class fighter who is almost certainly going to get a second world title fight in the near future. Landero on the other hand came up short to WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart this past March. This is about as a good of a domestic match up that the Filipino scene could give us.
Another interesting match up on this card will see Esneth Domingo (10-0, 6) risk his unbeaten record against Reymark Taday (9-6-1, 4), in what should be a solid test for Domingo. The 19 year old Domingo, who will be 20 by the time this show rolls around, has been gradually stepping up his competition and this looks to be a very credible step up in class Taday has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 but is tough and should be a very interesting assignment for the youngster.
One other really good domestic match up will see the highly touted Christian Bacolod (9-0, 7) risk his unbeaten record against Christoval Furog (5-0, 2) in what could turn out to be the bout of the show.
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