Ex-boxer-run CPDRC gym to get equipment from Pacquiao-A A +A
Friday, January 24, 2014
THEY started out with just two pairs of gloves but now their small gym inside the prison could just become a complete boxing gym soon.
Edgar Laping, a former amateur boxer in the 90s, started out a boxing club at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Cenmter (CPDRC) with his fellow inmates last September with the help of jail consultant Marco Toral.
Laping asked Toral for gloves so that he and his fellow inmates could spend their time practicing the sweet science. However, from being just a pasttime, the boxing club called Supermax Boxers became so involved in the sport that they pushed it to the next level.
“We started out with gloves. Then we had punching bags, then we made a ring,” said Laping, who trains his fellow inmates.
The boxing club started out with 80 but was trimmed to just 47 of the best boxing inmates.
Laping, who was wearing his orange CPDRC boxing shirt, was warming up along with his teammates for a three-fight boxing exhibition for boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who was yesterday's special guest.
There was a look in the eyes of the 34-year-old inmate that he was excited at the same time anxious to fight in front of one of the best boxers in the world.
“I thank him so much for coming here and watch our boxing team in action,” said Laping, who has been in prison for six years.
It was evident that their boxing equipment in prison were limited with just a few pair of gloves, a punching bag, a speed bag, a double end bag and a workout bench for doing presses.
“I hope he can help us with our equipment because we really lack the equipment,” Laping said, hoping that Pacquiao would donate to the prison boxing equipment.
His wish was granted.
“I will give them equipment,” promised Pacquiao, who was quite impressed with what he saw. “The boxing inmates were okay. When you looked at them they really looked like pro boxers.”
Laping trained at Rex Wakee Salud's Gym from 1990 to 1992 as an amateur boxer. He has this love for boxing that has been with him all this time, which was rekindle just last year in jail.
“Boxing was really my sport. I idolized Luisito Espinosa back then,” he said.
With Laping's release from prison just looming, he plans to use his renewed love for boxing to good use.
“I will be released maybe next year. When I go out, I would like to train boxers.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 25, 2014.