MANILA - Four young recruits of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone-Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines left yesterday for Kiev, Ukraine for the Sept. 5-16 AIBA 15 and 16 World Championships in boxing.
They are part of the country’s preparation for this year’s edition of the AIBA World Championships on Oct. 11-27 in Almaty Kazakhstan.
Light bantamweight Eumir Felix Marcial was a gold medalist in the 2011 World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Accompanied by ABAP executive director Ed Picson and coaches Ronald Chavez and Romeo Brin are Jason Daming (46kgs), Hipolito Banal Jr. (48kgs), Paul Gilbert Galagnao (52kgs) and Mike Angelo Plania (54kgs).
Up next is the Sydney Jackson Memorial Boxing Tournament set Sept. 11-17 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with Rogen Ladon (49kgs), Ian Clark Bautista (52kgs), Jonas Bacho (56kgs), James Palicte (60kgs), and reserves Roldan Bongcales Jr. (52kgs) and Junel Cantancio (60kgs) with coaches Elmer Pamisa and Pat Gaspi.
Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga captured gold medals here in the light flyweight division in 2011 and 2012.
Wrapping up September events is the AIBA Women’s Youth and Junior Championships from Sept. 20-29 in Albena, Bulgaria where Jenie Mirana (44-46kgs) and Aira Villegas (44-48kgs) will be accompanied by coaches Roel Velasco, Mitchel Martinez and team manager Karina Picson.
“We’re very excited about our young discoveries since we embarked on an extensive grassroots development program,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas.
“To date, we have qualified an Olympian and produced four Asian Games champions. The future looks bright for Philippine amateur boxing.”
“It’s going to be the first international appearance for our new recruits and it’s a major competition,” said Picson, referring to the Kiev slugfest. “We hope they do well.” *PNA
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