CEBU CITY, Philippines – Bengemar Codoy is back! The 2019 Batang Pinoy National Finals golden boy will lead the Team Cebu City Niños boxing to the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) Meet later this month.
Codoy, of Mabolo National High School (Unit 8) defeated a fellow seasoned fighter Khyle Sumalinog of City Central National High School via unanimous decision to claim the gold medal ipn the Youth Boys Bantamweight division.
Sumalinog was not an easy opponent to beat as the 16-year-old fighter from Ermita, Cebu City won the gold medal in the DepEd Palarong Pambansa VisMin Cup Boxing tournament last July.
Codoy meanwhile, has been in a long hiatus following his overwhelming victory in Puerto Princessa Palawan in 2019.
In his multiple attempts for a comeback became disastrous, but he finally found the right place to train, under the watchful eyes of former many-time national gold medalist Richard Alerre.
Under Alerre, Codoy regained his confidence and developed his skills and defense that lead him to a gold medal finish.
Also advancing to the regional meet was Jance Jezreel Quilaton of Opra National High School (Unit 7) needed only 20 seconds to eliminate Wilmar Borces of Unit 4 in the Youth Boys Flyweight final match. Borces even failed to throw a punch as he kept his defense up against the barrage of punches unleashed by Quilaton.
The other boxers who qualified to CVIRAA includes Zyrus dela Cerna of Bulacao National High School (School Boys Pinweight), John Michael Berame of Zapatera National High School (Junior Boys Pin), Christ Gian Kyamko of Talamban National High School (Junior Boys Light flyweight), Christian Devila of Mabolo National High School (Junior Boys Fly), Brendo James Moralde of Abellana National High School (Junior Boys Bantamweight) and Kirby Hoybia of Talamban National High School for the Youth Boys Minimum weight category.
Cebu City will have no entry in the School Boys Light flyweight and Junior Boys Light Bantam categories. RCM