Fourteen pugs fight for six Asiad berths

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Owing to its track record and high expectations, boxing is treating its buildup for the 17th Asian Games as if it were a talent search for an Olympic medal
hopeful.

The Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) won’t be naming the final roster of its Asian Games-bound squad until after the completion of
two overseas tournaments next month.

Abap executive director Ed Picson said 14 aspirants to the Incheon Games will be sent abroad to compete in Kazakhstan and China in July.

“We’d know the composition of the Asian Games team after their campaign there,” said Picson.

Only six male and two female fighters will make it to Incheon and Picson said slots are up for grabs for national team members.

Still, Picson said the usual suspects are still around after the Abap had trimmed the lineup to 14 from the original 20.

Big names like London Olympian Marc Barriga and former world junior champion Felix Marcial are still in the running and Picson expects them to hurdle their assignments in the coming weeks as the Abap hopes to send a formidable team to the Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 sportsfest.

Boxing has been a perennial source of gold medals from the Asian Games and the Abap is determined to make a splash.

In the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad, boxing produced one of three gold medals won by the country.

Boxing is arguably the national sports association with the biggest funding except for basketball.

Click here for the exclusive coverage of Team Philippines’ participation at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea

By : Nick Giongco, Tempo.com.ph

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