Picson mum on targeted SEA Games boxing mints
Mark Escarlote on May 26, 2015 03:03 PM
I’ll be a fool to give a number, to guarantee gold medals and even one gold medal --- ABAP executive director Ed Picson.
The Associaiton of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson is not giving any projection on how many gold medals the national pugs will bag in the 28th South East Asian Games in Singapore a week from now.
Ten boxers –- six for men’s and four for women’s division – will campaign in the biennial meet on June 3 while competition starts on June 6.
“Well as far as our chance is concern, 10 ang boxers natin so 10 ang chances. Now realistically speaking hindi natin pwedeng i-project (ang gold medals),” Picson said Tuesday in the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate. “Para sa akin hindi ko maaring sabihin na tatlo, lima, pito, walo o ilan dahil in the first place hindi naman natin alam kung sino ang makakalaban e.”
In the last edition held in Myanmar, the PHI squad scored three gold medals courtesy of 2012 London Olympian Mark Barriga, Mario Fernandez and female bet Josie Gabuco.
Fernandez, who will try to defend his 56 kg. title, and Gabuco (48 kg.) will be back to don the national tri-color while Barriga is out of the lineup.
Former two-time SEAG gold medalist Charly Suarez, who took silver in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and Asian tilt bronze winner Barriga were excluded in the boxing roster as per AIBA’s elevation of the fighters to the world governing body’s pro-boxing level.
Other male fighters set to campaign in the Games are Ian Clark Bautista (52 kgs.), 2013 silver medalist Junel Cantancio (60 kgs.), Rogen Ladon (49 kgs.), Myanmar runner up Wilfredo Lopez (75 kgs.) and Eumir Felix Marcial (69 kgs.). Also walking on the canvass are silver medalist Nesty Petecio (54 kgs.), Irish Magno (51 kgs.) and Riza Pasuit (57 kgs.)
Picson added that Thailand will be the biggest challenge for our fighters.
“Although ang perennial nating kalaban d’yan ay mga Thais. Nand’yan yung sinasabi nating luck of the draw, paano kung natapat kaagad ang Pilipinas sa Thailand sa unang araw pa lang,” he said. “Ok lang kung mananalo tayo, e kung matalo e di tapos na yung isang chance na yun.”
In their build up to the SEA Games, the Pinoy bets competed in Kings Cup in Thailand where Marcial brought home silver, the President’s Cup in Indonesia where Petecio won gold and was adjudged as Best Female Boxer while Fernandez took silver and in the 12-nation Doha Invitational tournament a month ago.
“Masyadong maraming variables and factors to consider, ito lang ang masasabi ko handa po ang ating mga boksingero as far as they could be prepared. We have done everything possible para mabigyan ang mga boksingero na magbigay ng magandang performance sa bansa,” he further explained. “Batid ng mga boksingero ang expectations sa kanila at batid din nila na kung ano ang naghihintay sa kanila kung sakali mang mahuli nila ang inaasam na gold medal. Motivation wise nandyan na yan.”
But for the number of medals they will pocket, Picson said he is “not foolish” to give an estimate.
“We have confidence with all of our boxers. Kung tinatanong n’yo kung ilan ang potential gold medalists 10 rin. They are potentials pero hindi natin masisiguro yan. I’ll be a fool to give a number, to guarantee gold medals and even one gold medal,” Picson said. “I think to guarantee that would be foolish knowing what we are up against which is something we don’t know.”
“Alam natin malakas ang Thailand. Alam natin umaangat ang Vietnam. Alam natin puspusan ang training ng Malaysia at Indonesia, other than that wala e,” he added. “Yung Laos, Cambodia at Myanmar hindi rin namin nakikita. They are not necessarily the biggest but they are threats.”
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