FOR many decades, boxing has been one of our country’s main source of medals in many international competitions – especially in the South East Asian Games, Asian Games, World Championships and the Olympics, to name a few.
However, in this year’s Rio Olympics, the Philippine boxing team went home empty handed after Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez failed to make in the medal tally.
Bago City-born Ladon lost in a unanimous decision to Colombian boxer Yurberjen Herney Martinez while Suarez lost to Great Britain’s Joseph Cordina in a split decision during the Summer Olympics preliminaries.
However, national coach and former Olympic bronze medalist Roel Velasco described the 2016 still a good year for Philippine boxing.
“Our boxers performed well this year however, dropped during the Olympics. This is because the expectations were quite high on us,” he said.
But, looking at the team’s preparation for next year’s SEA Games in Malaysia, Velasco said that they are working hard to level if not to surpass their performance during the biennial inter-ASEAN competition in Singapore last year.
Among those boxers who won gold medals in Singapore are Negrense boxers Ian Clark Bautista and Junel Cantancio alongside Cagayan de Oro’s Mario Fernandez and Palawan’s Josie Gabuco while Irish Magno of Iloilo, Nesthey Petecio of Davao del Sur, and Ladon settled for silver.*