Cebu prisoners turn boxing prizefighters

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 Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) Supermax boxer team |  Photo by Mars Alison

The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center once again took on a festive atmosphere last May 23 as all 2,397 inmates flocked to the prison ground to witness the facility’s first professional boxing event. Observers cheered on members of the CPDRC Supermax Boxer team, who had a decided home court advantage. Jimmy Berian of Catmon in northern Cebu, who has spent the last 5 years imprisoned on frustrated murder charges, lost his bout against Luid Bartolome of the Phil Aust Boxing Club via a split decision. His 3 other teammates won their bouts.

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