Pinoy boxers Ladon, Suarez "inspired" to bring home medal

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 01, 2016 01:18 PM
Pinoy boxers Ladon, Suarez
Pinoy pugs Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez have their sights set on olympic boxing medals (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News)

After two months of training in the United States, Pinoy Olympic boxing bets Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez have made their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

Landon and Suarez have already hit the gym in Rio, and the two Pinoy pugs are determine to do everything that they can to bring home a medal. 

According to coach Nolito “Boy” Velasco they don’t have much to complain about in Brazil. 

“Wala naman reklamo, maluwag ang tulugan at kwarto at kainan. Ok ang jogging dito, enjoy sila kasi nakakakita sila ng ibang athletes.” Coach Velasco told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo. 

Ladon, who’ll be competing at the 49 KG division, and Suarez, who’ll be competing in the 60 KG division, both know that it’s going to be an uphill climb towards a gold medal, but with the country behind them, they’re ready to fight. 

To reach a bronze medal, the Pinoys need to win thrice, while five wins could mean a gold medal. 

Coach Velasco says that the two are inspired and are in excellent condition, but aside from training hard, they also need to be able to keep their weight on point. 

Ladon and Suarez will be engaging light sparring sessions ahead of the games to get their distance and timing down. 

“Mayroon pa kaming sparring laban sa Korea at Papua New Guinea, para masukat ang lakas at ma-practice ang distansya at timing.” Coach Velasco added. 

It was way back in 1996 when the Philippines last claimed a medal in Olympic boxing, courtesy of Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who won a silver medal during the 1996 Atlanta games. 10 years later, Ladon and Suarez try to break the Philippines’ medal drought. 

 

 

via Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

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