Pinay boxers brace for World Championships


Reigning world champion Josie Gabuco will be spearheading the country’s campaign in the 2014 World Women’s Boxing Championships scheduled on November 16 to 24 at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Gabuco hopes to retain her crown in the light flyweight division while the other candidate boxers are featherweight’s Nesthy Petecio and Riza Pasuit, and flyweight’s Irish Magno and Aira Villegas.

Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) national coach Roel Velasco said the boxers are raring to bounce back after failing to deliver a medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Only the men’s team was able to win medals—one silver courtesy of Charly Suarez and three bronzes from Mark Anthony Barriga, Mario Fernandez and Wilfredo Lopez.

“We’re hundred percent ready. After the Asian Games, we continue our training for this tournament. It’s [World Championships] a bit bigger than the Asian Games so they really need to be in tip-top condition,” said Velasco.

There are 10 categories in this year’s edition of the tournament sanctioned by the International Boxing Association—the light flyweight, flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight.

More than 60 countries have confirmed participation this year.

In the 2012 edition in Qinhuangdao, China, the Philippine claimed one gold from Gabuco, who won against her Chinese rival in the finals.

Gabuco was also a bronze medalist in the 2008 world meet held in Ningbo, China.


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