Dave Apolinario dedicates IBO title win to late mother │ GMA News Online

Filipino boxer Dave Apolinario is dedicating his IBO flyweight title win to his late mother.

In an interview with “Unang Balita” on Thursday, Apolinario said it was also his mother’s dream of becoming a world champion.

“Thirteen, 14-year-old pa lang po ako, amateur pa ako, sinasabihan po ako ng nanay ko na sana mag-professional ka at world champion,” said Apolinario, who grew up with brothers who were also boxing fans.

[When I was 13 or 14 years old, I was still an amateur, my mom would tell me that she wants me to become a professional and world champion.]

“Hanggang nakatungtong ako ng 10 rounds, nag-champion po ako ng Asia Pacific. Bago siya nawala, ‘yung last fight ko sa GenSan, sabi niya ipagpatuloy ko ang boxing for take the pangarap kong world champion and pangarap niya,” he added.

[Until I reached 10-round fights and became an Asia Pacific champion. Before she passed away, during my last fight in General Santos, she told me to continue boxing so I can become a world champion which was our dream.]

And on July 30, Apolinario knocked out opponent Gideon Buthelezi and fulfilled his dream of a world title.

The Filipino boxer said knocking out the opponent was in his plans.

“‘Yung kalaban is a 3 times world champion, ako 23 years old pa po ako. Kailangan talaga mapabagsak kasi sabi nila,’ pag dumayo ka raw doon, ‘pag’ di napabagsak, aabot ng round, tatalunin daw din tayo sa decision, “hey shared.

[The opponent was a 3-time world champion, I’m just 23 years old. I need to knock him out because they said that if I went there, if I did not knock him out, it would go to the rounds, I could lose by decision.]

Apolinario also has a message for those who wish to become a successful boxer too.

“Sana magsikap kayo mag-training for maabot n’yo rin ang pangarap n’yo and mag-world champion kayo.”

[Give your best in training to reach your dreams of becoming a world champion.]

Apolinario holds a 17-0 record with 12 knockouts. – RC news, GMA