Pinoy boxer Ladon meets Colombian in Round of 16
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 08, 2016 03:25 PM
Can Rogen Ladon bring home a medal in olympic boxing? (Photo courtesy of SINGSOC via http://www.seagames2015.com)
With Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz's historic silver medal win hopefully serving as inspiration and motivation for the rest of the Pinoys set to compete in Rio, Pinoy boxer Rogen Ladon is set to chase an olympic medal of his own in Rio de Janeiro.
Many experts believe that the 22-year old Ladon has a strong chance of bringing home a medal, and after recieving a bye into the Round of 16, those chances have obviously improved.
Looking to avoid the same fate as teammate Charly Suarez, who unfortunately came out on the wrong end of a split decision against Great Britain's Joe Cordina, Ladon's journey to olympic hardware begins against Colombia's Yurberjen Martinez, who bested Brazilian Patrick Lourenco in the opening round of the Men's Light Flyweight tournament.
Should Ladon get past Martinez, it's on to the quarterfinals for the Bago, Negros native against either Spain's Samuel Carmona or Ireland's Paddy Barnes, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 London games.
Ladon only needs two wins to ensure a bronze medal, and four wins to become the first Pinoy gold medalist in olympic boxing.
Before anything else however, Ladon must get win number one.
The Round of 16 matches begin on Monday, August 8, 10:00 PM. (Manila time)