BOXING secretary-general Ed Picson yesterday said majority of the boxers in the national pool, led by Tokyo Olympic Games silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio, are set to resume actual training at the Philippine Sports Commission’s Teachers Camp in Baguio City.
“Some of the team members are already in Baguio. We are just determining who else we can include in the bubble training because the PSC has set a limit on the number (who can participate) due to COVID-19 restrictions. We should know by next week,” Picson said.
The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines has endorsed 29 boxers – 19 male and 10 female – and nine coaches in the training bubble, according to Picson.
Also in the men’s list are Mark Lester Durens, Flint Jara, Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista, Marvin Tabamo, Mario Fernandez, Junmilardo Ogayre, Jere Samuel dela Curz, James Palicte, John Paul Panuayan, Norlan Petecio, Vincent Siodia, Marjon Puanaar, Billy Naelgas, Ernie John Garcia, and John Nobel Marvin.
Josie Gabuco, Cleo Tesara, Irish Magno, Mary IC Sinadjian, Aira Villegas, Khrystal Malecdan, Darlene Literal, Riza Pasuit and Maricel dela Torre make up the rest of the women’s roster.
Picson said he will have to talk to Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Eumir Felix Marcial, who turned pro last year and is now under contract with the MP Promotions of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, what his plans are after his marriage to longtime fiancée Princess Galarpe on Oct. 28.
Marcial is included in the list that ABAP submitted to the PSC for the bubble training.The coaches in the list are Ronald Chavez, Roel Velasco, Elmer Pamisa, Romeo Brin and Gerson Nietes for the men’s team and Mitchel Martinez, Reynaldo Velasco and Nolito Velasco, who will retired at the end of the year, for the women’s squad.
Overseeing the training program is overall head coach Pat Gaspi and Australian consultant Don Abnett.
Picson said once the boxers have started training in Baguio, the association will hold tryouts for the national women’s squad that will see action in the AIBA women’s world boxing championships in Istanbul, Turkey in December.
Pinoy boxers, who bagged seven gold, three silvers and 2 bronze medals in topping the 30th Southeast Asian Games slugfest, will try to defend their overall crown in the rescheduled Vietnam SEA Games reportedly scheduled in May next year.
They will also gear up for 19th Asian Games in October 2022 in Huangzhou, China.