So far so good for the Filipino boxers who are competing in the 2011 AIBA Amateur Boxing World Championships. Mark Anthony Barriga, Rey Saludar, and Joan Tipon hurdled there first round battles to be one step closer to their dream of going to the 2012 London Olympics. The boxers need to finish in the Top 10 of their weight category to grab the desired olympic berth.
Days after seeing the olympic dream of our basketball players, our boxers are trying their best to show the country that they are our biggest hopes for olympic glory. The country has never won a gold medal in the olympics. Our closest chance was with our Boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco who bagged a silver in the Atlanta Olympics.
With a good support from the private sector, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines is sending 6 pugilists to fight in the World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The tournament serves as the first qualifiers for the 2012 games.
The competition is stiff but I believe that 1 or 2 could sneak in to the Olympics after this tournament. Many of our boxers still lack international exposure and this tournament could serve them well in the future. ABAP should make sure that our boxers join major tournaments by AIBA. We do not have any boxers that are seeded by the world championships. Our boxers are still our biggest hope for an olympic medal and we should continue to support and pray for their victory.
Good luck to all our athletes!!!
Tipon sneaks past Argentinian
Rey Saludar wins a thriller
Barriga starts PHL boxer's campaign with a win