At least six Filipino boxers will compete in the Asian Games this September in Incheon, South Korea.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) Executive Director Ed Picson said the medalists in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games will make up the nucleus of the Philippine team to Incheon.
Filipino boxers brought home three gold medals, four silvers and three bronzes from Myanmar.
Among those that may spearhead the team are gold medal winners Josie Gabuco (women’s 45-48-kgs), Mark Anthony Barriga (46-49-kgs.) and Mario Fernandez (56-kgs.).
Picson said Junel Cantancio (60-kgs.), Dennis Galvan (64 kgs-kgs.) and Wilfredo Lopez (75-kgs.), Maricris Igam (women’s 51-kgs.), Irish Magno (women’s 54-kgs.) and Rey Saludar (52-kgs.) are also being eyed for the team.
Picson said there is a plan to move Lopez to higher division, perhaps welterweight or middleweight.
The coaching staff will be beefed up by former internationalists Harry Tanamor and Joan Tipon.
“We have actually started preparations for this year’s Asian Games, which, like the recent Southeast Asian Games, is part of our thrust on the way to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil,” said Picson.
He said all boxers in the national training pool have returned from the Christmas vacation and started training at the ABAP gym in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and at ABAP’s training center in Baguio City.
“All members of the pool, including our national boxers who saw action and won medals in the last Myanmar SEA Games are accounted for and working under the supervision of the national coaches. Our coaches and myself have been conducting regular meetings to map out training strategies which we will be recommending to the ABAP board,” Picson said.