CEBU CITY, Philippines — The fabled ALA Gym was not spared by the widespread effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID 19).
The gym that has produced hundreds of world-class boxers and world champions has decided to cease operation after 35 years of existence.
Along with it is the Philippines leading boxing promotion – the ALA Promotions which had organized many world boxing world championships here and abroad, particularly in Dubai and the USA.
Through an Official Statement released August 18, 2020, ALA gym enumerated a number of achievements in all of its 35 years of operations that includes the Boxing World Cup in 2006 in Sacramento USA, the world championships between Z Gorres and Fernando Montiel (2004) and the Nonito Donaire vs. French champion Zsolt Bedak in 2016 both held at the Cebu City Sports Center which sits more than 20,000 spectators,
“After 35 years, ALA Boxing (ALA Promotions and ALA Gym) would like to say farewell and thank you to our supporters from all over the world. The pandemic and the closure of our long time broadcast network partner ABS-CBN, has affected the overall situation and future of the company… All these memorable events and accomplishments would not have been possible without all of you. The past and present ALA Boxers, the trainers, the office staff, the media, the fans, the boxing organizations, sponsors and our boxing family from all over the world. We would like to thank you all very much from the bottom of our hearts for all your support the past 35 memorable years. We cannot ask for more,” the official statement read.
Accordingly, all the boxers who are under contract with ALA Boxing will be released so they can look for greener pastures for their respective careers.
ALA Gym was once the home of Edito “ALA” Villamor, Gerry Penalosa, Joma Gamboa, Malcolm Tunacao, Rodel Mayorl, Randy Suico, Rev Santillan, Rey “Boom boom” Bautista, AJ Banal, Z Gorres, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the Pagara brothers among others, RCM