FROM the strawberry valley to the land of the ancient ruins and ornate templates, La Trinidad’s Highland Boxing Gym has recently opened another branch in Bangkok, Thailand, recently.
Hoping to breed more boxing champions, international boxing promoter Brico Santig, who also owns the Highland Boxing Gym opened the branch.
Santig was behind the revival of the boxing careers of journeymen from Mindanao and Visayas, who are now top contenders since they started training in La Trinidad.
The boxing promoter was also responsible for the resurrection of boxing in the Cordilleras and has produced Igorot champions including former Women’s International Boxing Association International light flyweight champion Jujeath Nagaowa, former World Boxing Organization Oriental bantamweight champion Dayer Gabutan, and former World Boxing Council Asia Council Continental champion Alvin Tam.
Filipino boxers Jayve Alipio and Geboi Mansalayao will serve as the main trainers while his brother-in-law Supanat Chanram will be the gym manager.
Highland Boxing started as a Muay Thai gym in 1998 before Santig added boxing in 2005. Since then, the gym has produced Igorot champions, who were later joined by journeymen from the South such as former International Boxing Organization world light flyweight champion Rey “Hitman” Loreto. (Roderick Osis)