ALA Boxing permanently closes its doors after 35 years in the industry amid the pandemic and the closure of their longtime broadcast network partner ABS-CBN.
“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 boxing organization and promotion said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“The pandemic and the closure of our long time Broadcast Network partner ABS-CBN has affected the overall situation and future of the company,” it added.
ALA Boxing, home of former world champions Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Milan Melindo, also announced that they would release all of their fighters “so they can look for greener pastures for their respective careers.”
Looking back at their achievements, ALA Boxing enumerated several milestones, including forming “one of the most talented amateur teams ever assembled in the mid 80s” and “being the only promotional company from the Philippines to have ever staged boxing events in Dubai and the US.”
The company, owned by Tony Aldeguer with his son Michael, wrote: “ALA Boxing would not be where it is today without the tremendous support of the boxers, trainers, office staff, fans, the media, the boxing organizations, and our sponsors all these years.”
Established in 1985 in Cebu, the organization added: “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.” – Kaela Malig/RC, GMA News