Twenty-four national boxers from the PLDT-ABAP roster are taking part in the Adidas Martial Arts Week which kicks off today at SM Mall of Asia.
Competition in boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo and wrestling runs until July 31.
Twelve bouts are lined up for boxing, said ABAP executive director Ed Picson.
Crisanto Godaren of Baguio City meets Victorio Saludar of Panabo City (52 kgs); Junel Cantancio of the Air Force faces Nico Magliquian of Negros Occidental (56 kgs); Nice Zaa Petecio of Davao del Norte takes on Maricris Igam of Palawan (54 kgs); Joan Tipon of Negros Occidental tangles with Recky Dulay of Northern Samar (56 kgs); Nathaniel Montealto of Palawan tests Dennis Galvan of Negros Occidental (64 kgs); Ricalyn Aquino of Bicol meets Mich Joy Hugo of Palawan (60 kgs);
Josie Gabuco of Palawan takes on Irish Magno of Iloilo (60 kgs); Rey Saludar of Philippine Army battles Gerson Nietes of Negros Occidental (52 kgs); Charly Suarez takes on Orlando Tacuyan Jr. (60 kgs); Analisa Cruz faces Nesthy Petecio (54 kgs); Mark Anthony Barriga meets Jack Tepora (49 kgs); and Rolando Tacuyan faces Wilfredo Lopez (69 kgs) on Day One.
ABAP, under chairman Manny V. Pangilinan of Smart-PLDT and president Ricky Vargas, Maynilad chief executive, is using the martial arts tournament as part of the selection process for the Asian Championship in South Korea, the World Championship in Azerbaijan and the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, said Picson.
Judo matches are set on July 23; taekwondo on July 24; wrestling on July 29; and karate on July 30.*PNA
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