Pinoy boxers training in the US ahead of Olympic qualifiers

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 04, 2016 02:42 PM
Pinoy boxers training in the US ahead of Olympic qualifiers
A total of 14 fighters from the Philippine National team will be training at the TG boxing gym in South Los Angeles in preparation for the Asia Oceana tournament in China.

While talks of Manny Pacquiao representing team Philippines in the Rio Olympics remain uncertain if not impossible, the rest of the Philippine boxing contingent are taking their training to the next level.

A total of 14 fighters from the Philippine National team will be training at the TG boxing gym in South Los Angeles in preparation for the Asia Oceana tournament in China.

"They're vying for slots in the qualifying tournament which will be held in China end of this month so titignan natin sino sa kanila ang lalabas after this particular trip dito sa United States. The coaches will evaluate each and everyone and then we hope to send six boxers to the qualifying tournament in China and hopefully all of them will get into the Olympiad," Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines Executive Director Ed Picson told ABS-CBN News.

The Philippines will send one boxer per weight category in China while the rest will hope to catch a trip to Rio via the World Qualifiers in Azerbaijan.

2012 Olympian Mark Barriga is looking at this camp to correct the mistakes he had in the past.

"Medjo mataas din ang confidence sa sarili ko. Kasi alam ko na ang mali ko dati so ngayon tinatama ko mga pinaka naging mali noon at pinadagdagan namin ang mga kulang," he said.

In terms of Pacquiao, Picson said they have been in constant talks with the Pacman and they will surely entertain the prospect of him joining the team if the conditions are okay.

Regardless, the women's team will get a chance to shine in Rio as the division has expanded since making its Olympic debut in London four years ago.

"Talagang excited kami kasi first time namin makipag qualify dun sa Olympics, sana hopefully may ma-qualify," SEA Games champion Josie Gabuco said.

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