By Carlos Costa
MANILA, Philippines — Filipino fighter Renerio Arizala, 25,
Arizala’s shining green and golden medal was presented to him by WBC International Secretary and head of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) Tsuyoshi Yasokuchi today, May 16, during a meaningful joint Japan Boxing Commission/Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board press conference held at GAB’s head office in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The significant event was led by the two Games and Amusement Board commissioners, Eduard B. Trinidad and commissioner Mario I. Masanguid who on behalf of GAB Chairman Baham Mitra expressed the immense joy that GAB and the Filipino boxing family feels for the safe return and speedy recovery of young Filipino boxer Renerio Arizala, who is now back in the Motherland with his family under the care that he deserves.
The act was attended by Japanese matchmaker Takashi Aoshima, JBC’s Tsuyoshi Yashokuchi and Kazuhiro Ryuko of the Japan Pro Boxing Association (JPBA), the men accompanied the fallen Filipino
“There was much worry about Arizala in Yokohama, Japan,” said Tsuyoshi Yasokuchi during the press conference.
“That night, Arizala fought so bravely, so bravely. Unfortunately, the accident happened. I am so very sorry we couldn’t protect
“He is recovering very quickly. Very quickly. At first, I saw a very dangerous situation. But he fought so bravely.
“So I would like to express my deepest gratitude to every people who supported Arizala so heartfeltly.
“Without your help maybe he cannot come very soon here (to the Philippines). So I really appreciate it.
“And, as I say that he (
In addition, Kazuhiro Ryuko added that “all the medical treatment of Arizala we pay for it, hoping that
Also participating in the important act were GAB Official Jackie Lou Cacho, GAB Legal Division head Atty.
During these first days back in the Philippines, Renerio Arizala
Renerio Arizala, a devout Roman Catholic, will no longer fight as a boxer, for obvious reasons. But he made a mark in Filipino boxing
How did this young boxer manage to handle his unexpected close encounter with death?
The love he feels for his Lord Jesus, his parents and two brothers
“I had faith in God and I had the image of my mother in my mind.
“I wanted to survive for her. And for my dad and family. Honestly, I cried and I prayed. Those long days that I spent in the
A round of applause for Renerio Arizala, a young man who walked through a valley of darkness and came through.. for The Lord was with him.
Photos by Carlos Costa
The author Carlos Costa is a Panama boxing reporter living in the Philippines. Carlos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and