As the Rio Olympics draw closer, more and more Philippine athletes are eyeing for a chance to join the games; this time, Filipino boxers are working hard for a slot in the 2016 Rio Olympics boxing.
According to reports, a 20-man boxing delegation is leaving for a three-week training tour to the US.
The delegation includes 14 boxers: Rogen Ladon and Mark Anthony Barriga (light flyweight), Ian Clarke Bautista and Roldan Boncales (flyweight), Mario Fernandez and Mario Bautista (bantamweight), Charly Suarez, Junel Cantancio and James Palicte (lightweight), Eumir Felix Marcial and Joel Bacho (welterweight), and women boxers Josie Gabuco, Irish Magno and Nesthy Petecio (flyweight).
The delegation will make stops in Olympic training facilities in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where they will train in preparation for in the Asia-Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Qan’ An, China on March 23 to April 3.
Only one boxer from each weight category will be chosen for the qualifying tournament.
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