Twenty-eight year old Philip Parcon of Barangay Tina, Tacurong City, successfully defended his Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation (MINPROBA) Junior Bantamweight title against challenger Joash Aparicio of Tagum City in the main event of Hinugyaw Festival Boxing Championship on January 6, 2013 in Koronadal City.
Parcon won the exciting ten-round fight via unanimous decision in front of hundreds of boxing fans who trooped to the open ground of Gaisano Grand on Sunday night.
A day after retaining his title, Parcon and his promoter, Vic Adriano of Davao City, paid a courtesy call to Tacurong City Mayor Lina Montilla and present the belt. The mayor congratulated Parcon in his latest feat and said that he is another hidden gem of Tacurong.
The mayor was actually surprised that there is a Tacurongnon boxer who had been making a name in the national boxing scene. It was the first time that Parcon paid a visit to the city hall.
Parcon turned pro in 2002 and in a span of ten years, he had fought for national and international titles. In 2005, he was able to capture the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) minimumweight title by defeating Dennis Juntillano. In 2006, Parcon ventured to the higher flyweight division and defeated Lito Sisnorio to get the PBF flyweight title.
Parcon also fought for World Boxing Council (WBC) minimumweight title in 2004 in Thailand against the hometown boxer Oleydong Sithsamerchai but he lost via unanimous decision.
The boxer from Tacurong had been out of the boxing ring for two years (2010 and 2011), but he is currently fighting his way to capturing back the Philippine title and eventually get another crack at an international crown.
Since 2007, he entered the boxing ring only seven times but had won six of those matches. (Allan Freno)