Pinoy boxers promise to deliver at 2017 SEA Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 16, 2017 06:35 PM
Charly Suarez is looking for his third SEA Games gold medal. (AP Photo)
Powered by four veteran international campaigners, the Filipino boxers are looking to dominate anew when they start their bid in the 29th Southeast Asian Games this Sunday at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur.
Charly Suarez, the most experienced in the six-man squad, is optimistic that they will reign supreme as they field an entry for the first time in the 81kg and an upcoming rookie in the 49kg.
“Gusto po namin ipakita ngayon na gutom na gutom pa rin kami sa mga gintong medalya,” said veteran light welterweight Charly Suarez, who is among the most experienced pugs in the six-man team together with SEA Games veteran Mario Fernandez.
Other than Suarez and Fernandez, the Philippine boxing team is composed of middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, flyweight Ian Clark Bautista and newcomer light heavyweight John Marvin and light-flyweight Carlo Paalam.
Suarez, who had stints in World Series of Boxing (WSB) where only the best boxers in the world were invited, said he, Marcial, Bautista and Fernandez had serious discussion as they take on the mission of regaining the glory in the biennial meet.
“Matagal-tagal na din kasi na paisa-isa lang ang napapanalunan namin nag into kaya nag-usap-usap kami na magsisimula muna kami ulit dito sa SEA Games saka namin unti-unting aakyatin ang daan tungo sa mas matatas na laban,” said Suarez during the Team Philippines delegation send-off.
In fact, Suarez and Marcial had to forego their chances in an upcoming world qualifying tournament in Germany just to complete and to field a strong delegation in the SEA Games.
“Maganda po ang chances ng team lalu na ngayon na may kasama kami sa light heavyweight (Marvin) at saka isa pa na papaangat sa light flyweight (Paalam). Sana po ay maganda ang ating makuhang draw para maging overall champions ulit kami sa sports,” said Suarez.
Bautista and Fernandez were accounted for two of the five gold medals won by Alliance of Boxing Association in the Philippines (ABAP) that assured the federation the overall title in the previous edition of the biennial meet in Singapore.