The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is aiming to send at least six boxers to the 2014 Asian Games in September in Incheon, South Korea.
ABAP Executive Director Ed Picson said that the core of the national boxing team would be composed of medalists in the recent Myanmar Southeast Asian Games, where they won three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
Among the prospective squad members are Josie Gabuco (women’s 45-48-kgs), Mark Anthony Barriga (46-49-kgs.), Mario Fernandez (56-kgs.), Junel Cantancio (60-kgs.), Dennis Galvan (64 kgs-kgs.), Wilfredo Lopez (75-kgs.), Maricris Igam (women’s 51-kgs.), Irish Magno (women’s 54-kgs.) and Rey Saludar (52-kgs.).
“We have actually started preparations for this year’s Asian Games, which, like the recent Southeast Asian Games, is part of our thrust on the way to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil,” said Picson.
He said that the boxers have started their training at the ABAP gym in Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and in their Baguio training center.
“All members of the pool, including our national boxers who saw action and won medals in the last Myanmar SEA Games are accounted for and working under the supervision of the national coaches. Our coaches and myself have been conducting regular meetings to map out training strategies which we will be recommending to the ABAP board,” Picson added.