(STAR) President Arroyo has declared November as World Boxing Council (WBC) month while urging all government agencies to support the Games and Amusements Board in the holding of the WBC annual boxing convention in Manila.

The President issued Proclamation 1407 calling on government agencies and offices, government-owned and controlled corporations and the local government units to extend assistance to the GAB for the 45th annual convention to be held Nov. 11-17 at the Manila Hotel.

“This will be an opportunity for the Philippines to be recognized as a world-class venue of international forums and meetings and more importantly to show its support in the boxing world where Filipino boxers are known to be dominant and for it to promote those Filipino boxers who have potential to become world boxing champions,” the proclamation stated.

The Philippines was voted as host of the annual convention during the 2006 WBC Night of the Champions.

GAB chair Eric Buhain is one of the members of the 60-member board of governors of the WBC and is vice president of the Oriental-Pacific Boxing Federation.

“The World Boxing Council is considered as one of the biggest, most prestigious and most influential boxing organizations in the world which consists of 168 member nations and 14 affiliated federations,” the proclamation noted.

Buhain said a number of boxing greats are expected to attend the convention, including Larry Holmes, Roberto Duran, Lennox Lewis, Oscar dela Hoya and Marco Antonio Barrera. – Marvin Sy

Bulls slow down speeding Express

By Nelson Beltran Thursday, November 1, 2007 Celino Cruz scored a career-high 20 points and the Red Bull backcourt overwhelmed its Air21 counterpart as the Bulls rampaged past the Express, 95-84, last night in the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome.

Cruz, Cyrus Baguio, Junthy Valenzuela and Francis Adriano combined for more than half of the team’s output, outplaying Wynne Arboleda and the rest of the Air21 guard line to lead the Bulls to their second straight win in three games in the season.

“Celino did a good job against Arboleda and in quarterbacking the team specially in the homestretch. For three games now, Junthy and Cyrus, meanwhile, have been taking the cudgels, proving their worth in the team,” said Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao.

“Air21 is the most explosive team going by the stats. What we tried to do was limit them below 100 points. We thought that’s the best way to beat them,” Guiao also said after handing the Express their second loss against a lone win.

The Bulls hit their goal of limiting the Express’ production largely behind the efforts of their guards, too.

Cruz had four steals while Baguio, Valenzuela, Warren Ybanez and Topex Robinson had one each.

The Bulls put up one defensive stop after another as they came through with a decisive run to cut loose from a seesawing contest in the fourth quarter.

After engaging the Express in nine deadlocks and 20 lead changes, the Bulls went on a 11-to-nothing run to zoom away at 81-70.

entering the last five minutes of the contest.

Cruz stole off Arboleda and scored on a breakaway layup as Red Bull all but settled the outcome of the game at 91-83 with 59 seconds to go.

The former FEU chief playmaker went 2-of-4 from the three-point area, 5-of-6 from the two-point zone and 4-of-4 from the stripe as he improved his previous career best of 19.

Nino Canaleta tied the season-high seven three-pointers earlier set by Renren Ritualo and finished with a game-high 27 point while Arwind Santos had a huge double-double game with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

No other Air21 player finished in double figures.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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