FORMER ALA Boys Melvin Jerusalem, Jeo Santisima and Esneth Domingo are sticking with each other by signing with the same manager and the same promoter.
The trio will also be training under former ALA Boy and coach Michael Domingo in Cebu.
“Yes, we have already signed,” the highly rated minimumweight Jerusalem told SunStar Cebu.
Jerusalem, Santisima and Esneth signed with Japan-based Filipina Mhavic Kamiyama, who also manages Genesis Servania’s younger brother Rolando Servania.
The three pugs also signed with a prominent Philippine-based promotional company, which will be formally announced in the next few days.
“Hopefully our careers will continue to grow under them,” said Santisima, a one-time world title challenger.
Michael was thankful that his former boxers from the now-defunct ALA Gym still chose him to be their trainer.
“I really didn’t expect them to let me be a part of their ambition in boxing. They really can choose anybody to be their coach because they are free from their contracts. That’s why I’m thankful to them for not leaving me behind. We’ll just do our best in training because we trust our new manager and promoter that we’ll be given an opportunity to fight for a world championship in the future,” said Michael.
The 26-year-old Jerusalem is currently one of the top minimumweights in the Philippines. He’s currently rated No. 1 in the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 4 in the International Boxing Federation and No. 6 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO). He fought for a world title in 2017 and lost via a close unanimous decision to arguably the best 105-pounder, WBC minimumweight king Wanheng Menayothin. He has a record of 15-2 with nine knockouts.
Santisima, in the meantime, is also one of the more promising former ALA fighters. He’s currently rated No. 8 in the WBO super bantamweight division. He challenged Emanuel Navarrete for the WBO super bantamweight strap but lost via an 11th round technical knockout on Feb. 22, 2020. The 24-year-old native of Aroroy, Masbate has a record of 19-3 with 16 knockouts.
On the other hand, Esneth, the nephew of Michael, is still raw but brimming with talent. The 21-year-old just suffered his first career defeat in the hands of Alphoe Dagayloan in 2019 but bounced back with wins over Belmar Plaza and Minh Phat Sam. He is 13-1 with seven knockouts.