Young ALA Boxing Stars banner returning IDOL series
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2016 05:50 PM
“The series aims to sustain the sport of Boxing in the Philippines, in support to the internationally growing Pinoy Pride.” -- ALA Boxing Promotions General Manager Jeanna Alvarez
With ALA Boxing Promotions’ big names like Donnie Nietes, Mark Magsayo, and brothers Albert and Jason Pagara already getting countrywide and international exposure with Pinoy Pride, the promotion’s younger, up-and-coming stars also get a chance to showcase their skills with the return of the IDOL Boxing Series.
First launched in 2013 with the intention of giving younger boxers an avenue to show the whole country what they’re capable of, IDOL aired on free television via Studio 23, or now known as ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
The initial airing featured ALA pugs Melvin Gumban and Mark Bernaldez.
Now, three years later, the program returns with the same vision in mind, but for long term.
Serving as somewhat a “support” event for the bigger-named Pinoy Pride cards, IDOL will hopefully be the jumpoff point for the next big names in Filipino boxing.
“The series aims to sustain the sport of Boxing in the Philippines, in support to the internationally growing Pinoy Pride.” said ALA Boxing Promotions General Manager Jeanna Alvarez. “Successful main event IDOL fighters will eventually move up to the bigger shows, while the program continues to showcase newer talents as it goes on.”
IDOL 2, scheduled for July 16th at the Mandaue City Sports and Cutural Complex, will be the first of three IDOL events this year, with the next two taking place on October and December.
Alvarez said that Pinoy boxing fan can expect even more IDOL events in the years to come, with multiple shows planned each year, and they’ll be able to see them through ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23.
“The IDOL Boxing Series will have six live shows a year, and will be shown on ABS-CBN Sports + Action via delayed telecast.”
Tapped as the faces of the returning boxing series will be 4-0 prospect Kevin Jake “KJ” Cataraja, who’s slowly climbing up the ranks along with Jeo “Santino” Santisima, who’s 10-2-0 in his career, undefeated Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem (9-0-0), as well as titleholders in reigning WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Champion Jimmy “Popeye” Paypa and Philippine Super Flyweight Champion Jonas “Zorro” Sultan.
And while ALA Boxing will be behind the series, they’ll be contacting other fighters and promotions all over the country, according to resident coach Edito “Coach ALA” Vilamor.
“We know there are other young prospects out there, that’s why we’ve already approached local matchmakers, managers, and stables all over the country.”
IDOL 2 will feature Santisima and Jerusalem as the main attractions.