Daryl Dela Cruz feels no concern towards any foe, assured that his hand velocity and footwork savvy can at all times do the trick.
For the fledgling southpaw from Mandaluyong Metropolis, these are the instruments that might deliver him a fortune in prizefighting.
“It’s a dream to grow to be knowledgeable boxer. I do know it’s going to take extra coaching and sacrifice to attain my aim,’’ stated Dela Cruz in Filipino after clinching the gold medal in secondary boys boxing on the shut of the 2023 Palarong Pambansa on Saturday.
Cast within the stables of the El Tigre Boxing Fitness center in Mandaluyong Metropolis, Dela Cruz ferociously related with crisp strikes to the physique of the rangy Bienjemar Codoy of Central Visayas to grab the bantamweight diadem through cut up determination.
At one level within the second spherical, the 18-year-old son of a fisherman from the Samar seaside city of Tambongan, Gandara, despatched Codoy to the canvas with a jarring left hook that reverberated throughout the Marikina Metropolis Corridor plaza.
“I attempted to be correct in hitting my opponent as a result of I can’t let him make the most of his longer attain,’’ stated Dela Cruz.
Additionally hanging the gold in different weight divisions have been Area 12’s Ian Carl Muyso (flyweight) and Zyvyr John Medecilo (minimal weight), bantamweight Tyron Jay Quillosa of Zamboanga, gentle bantam Christian Pador of Area 10 and pinweight Leo Mhar Lobrido of Western Visayas.
It was Dela Cruz, nevertheless, who stole the present.
Massive metropolis triumph
Certainly one of his handlers informed the Inquirer that the incoming Grade 12 pupil at Andres Bonifacio Built-in College will probably be ripe for the skilled ranks subsequent yr when he graduates from highschool.
“I need to be like Manny Pacquiao. He’s one in all my idols,’’ stated Dela Cruz, whose victory capped one other triumphant marketing campaign by the Massive Metropolis bets, who amassed 85 gold medals, 74 silvers and 55 bronzes to rule the Palaro for 21 consecutive editions.
Western Visayas positioned second general with 60 golds, 45 silvers and 44 bronzes and Calabarzon ended up third with a 52-52-57 tally on the finish of the week-long video games for student-athletes in elementary and highschool.
In secondary boys basketball, Jared Bahay fired 29 factors to hold Central Visayas to the title by yanking the rug from beneath closely favored NCR.
Bahay nailed the pivotal go-ahead basket and Wilhelm Josh Go iced the win, 77-73, earlier than a silenced and surprised pro-Metro Manila crowd on the Marikina Sports activities Complicated.
“That clutch shot was my second. It was my time,’’ stated Bahay after firing 29 factors and making three of his 4 photographs from past the arc within the first interval.
Backing up Bahay, who already dedicated to the UP Preventing Maroons within the collegiate ranks, have been Alden Paul Cainglet and Rezald Joshua Dacalos, who contributed 11 and 10 factors every.
Elijah Yusi and Carl Alfanta scored 16 every and Juancho Palanca added 11 for the Nationwide College-powered NCR squad.
“I knew we have been able to beating them. We have been affected person. They’re manner taller than us, so we maximized our velocity and pushed the ball up,’’ stated Bahay.
Dethroned NCR managed to avenge the stinging defeat within the boys division by trouncing Central Visayas, 72-53, within the secondary ladies class.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get entry to The Philippine Day by day Inquirer & different 70+ titles, share as much as 5 devices, take heed to the information, obtain as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Name 896 6000.
For suggestions, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.