THE Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) announced on Wednesday that it would send a contingent to the 2013 China Open on June 16 to 24.
ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson said that participating in the China meet would serve as preparation for Philippine boxers joining the 2013 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Myanmar in December.
“Don’t expect them [boxers]to be in peak form, but they should be competitive. The China Open is a traditional tournament and strong countries will participate. It’s going to be a tough tournament but should be a good preparation for the World Championship and the SEAG,” said Picson.
The China contingent will be composed of Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga (light-flyweight), Ian Clark Bautista (flyweight), Mario Fernandez (bantamweight), Junel Cantancio (lightweight), Josie Gabuco (flyweight) and Nesthy Petecio (bantamweight). The team will be mentored by coaches by Pat Gaspi, Ruel Velasco and Elias Recaido.
Besides the China tourney, the Philippine boxing team is also preparing for the Asian Elite Championship in Aman, Jordan on June 30 to July 9, the World Championship in Almaty, Ka-zakhstan on October 11 to 27 and the Myanmar SEAG on December 11 to 22.