Aldeguer aims to bring Pinoy Pride, Filipino boxing to next level
Santino Honasan on Apr 28, 2017 08:05 AM
ALA President and CEO Michael Aldeguer with Donnie Nietes and WBO's Paco Valcarcel.
40 events in, it's hard to argue that ALA Promotions' Pinoy Pride series has been the country's most prominent and most consistent avenue for Filipino boxing.
Since the series' inception in 2010, Pinoy Pride has been responsible for the emergence of now-household names in Pinoy boxing such as two-division world champion and the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, interim world champion Milan "El Metodico" Melindo, Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista, as well as up-and-coming stars such as Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara, and many more.
As the Pinoy Pride brand continues to grow, ALA Promotions president and CEO Michael Aldeguer wants boxing in the Philippines to grow along with it, and to do that, he believes that it's time to branch out and work with others in the business.
"I've always felt that right now is the right time to work with different promoters, I think that's always been the thrust of Pinoy Pride." Aldeguer said during the press conference for Pinoy Pride 40: Domination in Cebu. "People are always talking about Pinoy Pride, ALA Promotions promoting ALA Gym fighters."
Outside the ALA Boxing Gym stable, there are handful of unshowcased talents, and Aldeguer hopes to be able to work with their respective promoters to to get them the exposure that they deserve.
"It's called Pinoy Pride, for the Philippines, Filipino fighters."
"We want to work with 'Wakee' [Salud] hopefully, with [Marlon] Tapales, I think he should be showcased. There are a lot of good fighters, with Sanman they have [Romero] Duno, he's a good fighter too, [Jerwin] Ancajas is really good, they have to be showcased." Aldeguer continued.
Tapales just recently held the WBO world bantamweight championship, but was stripped of the title due to missing weight for his title defense against Japan's Shohei Omori just last April 23rd. Tapales has a 30-2 professional record, with 13 knockouts.
Sanman Promotions' Romero Duno is a 21-year old prospect out of General Santos City, who recently made his US debut, winning the WBO Youth Intercontinental Lightweight Championship. He has a 13-1 pro record with 12 wins coming via knockout.
Jerwin Ancajas fights under Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions banner, and is the reigning IBF world Super Flyweight Champion. He recently defended his belt against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in Macau to improve his record to 26-1-1 with 17 knockouts.
Those were just the names that Aldeguer mentioned. There are still the likes of former IBF world flyweight king Johnriel Casimero who are under-showcased, and would definitely draw big crowds and would become household names, if put on an avenue with the reach of Pinoy Pride.
"We would make it bigger, and hopefully more events, if we can work with more fighters, and that's the thrust that we wanted because Philippine boxing will depend on who you put, who are the great fighters out there, as long as they're never showcased, the sport will never grow, and I think we're on the right track." said Aldeguer.
Filipinos are fight fans by nature, and with names like Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, and Nietes making headlines across the globe, the next step is to elevate the level of the sport in a local sense, with hopes of finding and showcasing future Pinoy boxing stars, and of course giving the established stars the attention that they deserve.
"I think that would help Filipino boxing and put us in a position where we can really escalate the level and bring it to bigger heights were people will want the better fights."
"The fans want big fights, and it's about time. Hopefully we can work with promoters and managers here, and bring them to Pinoy Pride. At the end of the day, it's Filipino boxing, and we'll be able to make it grow if we all work together." said Aldeguer.