Filipino light flyweight Rogen Ladon beat Leandro Blanc of Argentina 3-0 to start on a high note the Philippines’ campaign in the 2015 World Boxing Championship Olympic qualifiers at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha, Qatar.
Ladon, a silver medalist in the last Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, got a 30-26 score from the three judges in all three rounds. Ladon’s quickness and counter-punching prowess prevented his Argentinean rival from scoring punches.
“He’s tough too, but when I found my rhythm, I knew how to hit him,” said Ladon in an e-mail sent through Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines from Qatar. “Discipline is always the key in boxing. My family inspires me to work hard.”
“Since I already got the opportunity to go to the Olympics, I think this is the right time to double my effort to achieve my dream of becoming an Olympian. I will do my best to make that happen.”
Ladon, 21, will fight Mexican Joselito Velasquez Altamirano on Thursday.
Another Olympic hopeful, welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial is set to fight on Wednesday Egyptian Said Mohamed Walid.
The two boxers are under the tutelage of coaches Nolito Velasco and Romeo Brin. Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is set to arrive on Thursday in Qatar to show support to the two Filipino boxers.
A total of 257 boxers from 74 countries will compete in the meet to vie for 23 Olympic slots.