Filipino light flyweight Rogen Ladon beat Mexican Joselito Velasquez Altamirano on Thursday night for his second win in the World Boxing Championship Olympic qualifiers at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha, Qatar.
Ladon, 21, received a favorable 30-27 from all three judges. The Bago City native overwhelmed his foe with vicious combinations.
“I knew he was fast, but the coaches told me to hit and run because he’s a bit flat-footed and wouldn’t be able to catch me if I disengage quickly,” said Ladon via email interview. “We studied the videos sent to us by our Sports Science support staff in Manila.”
Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is now in Qatar to show support to Ladon and another Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial.
“I couldn’t believe Congressman Pacquiao was watching me fight. I told myself I’m so lucky and I can’t let him down. I was really inspired,” he said.
Pacquiao also promised to give cash reward of P500,000 to each of his compatriots if they could win the championship. Pacman also promised a reward of a P5M to any Filipino Olympian who can win a gold medal in the Rio Olympics next year.
Ladon’s will fight Poland’s David Jagodzinski in the quarterfinals on Saturday.