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Cano Collazo Cruz, president ...
Cano Collazo Cruz, president of the GABF, worked with Andy Padilla of the lieutenant governor's office since October to arrange an event with the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.
"The goal is for GABF
to raise funds through events like this to send a Guam boxing
team to the (2009 Mini Pacific Games) scheduled for October at the Cook Islands," said Cruz
added that the next step is to compete in the Oceania Games and 2012 Olympic Games.
Thank God for giving us life, ...
Thank God for giving us life, living in this beautiful island paradise, the beautiful friends and family," said Cano Collazo-Cruz, president of the Guam Amateur Boxing Federation.
"I'm thankful for God for keeping an eye on me all of these years.
I'm thankful for being alive.
"The greatest part was the fact ...
"The greatest part was the fact that many of the boxers were between the ages of 14 through 18, with some older boxers as well," said Cano Collazo-Cruz, GABF president.
"The GABF looks forward for continued skills development which gives a greater ability of putting together a strong and solid boxing national team to represent Guam at the next Pacific Games in New Caledonia in 2011," he added.
The ongoing series of competitions is leading to the Island Championships in the early part of next year.
"Tana is a good person that ...
"Tana is a good person that provided positive vibes into the community," said Cano Cruz, a former teammate and corner man as well as president of the Guam Amateur Boxing Federation.
is among Meafou's friends and family who are organizing a huge fundraising event that will feature some of the best performers from Guam.
"All the other participating sports boarded the plane, only at the last minute they said he
could go and we were literally at the airport already," Cruz
"It ended up that Tana was the only person to win a medal from Guam at the games and he ended up carrying the Guam flag at the closing ceremony," Cruz
noted with pride.
said "it was meaningful for Tana because it was the first time to see his mother since he was 4 years old."
was there every night to spend time with his
would be playing in the event with his
In August, Guam Amateur Boxing ...
In August, Guam Amateur Boxing Federation president Cano Cruz took a big step in bringing the sport of boxing back into the spotlight on Guam.
In about two weeks, Cruz
will take another step in that direction when the GABF
hosts its second boxing tournament at the Guam sports complex gym.
The tournament will be open to all residents of Guam, Cruz
said. "I came out of the woodwork to revive the sport because it had been stagnant for some time," said Cruz, now a two-time GABF president.
The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 10, so there is still time for people to register for it, Cruz
Several boxers from both the Dededo and Saralu boxing clubs have already registered for next month's tournament, Cruz
said, as well as "independent boxers who train on their own."
The fight card will depend on how many boxers register, Cruz
said, adding that the August event was a success, and that his
goal is to build on that for the future.
"We want to rejoin the Guam National Olympic Committee
said."We want the sport to hit really big with tournaments and classify who the best boxers on the island are to represent Guam off-island."
said that a coaches' meeting is set for 6 p.m., Oct. 29 at the Guam sports complex gym to go over the fight rules and medical issues, and to answer questions.
Anyone interested in boxing in this tournament may e-mail Cano Cruz
may also be contacted for more information on requirements and the tournament.