The Philippine national boxing team wants to fine-tune its game as it prepares for the final stage of rigorous preparation for the 31st.St. In addition to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the 2022 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held next month.
It was held at the luxurious Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort Hotel after a winning campaign at the recently concluded 2022 Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament where 14 Filipino pigeonists joined, finishing five of their podiums.
Rosen Ladon (men’s flyweight), Riza Pasuit (women’s light) and Hargie Beckadon (women’s middle) won gold, and Ian Clark Bautista (men’s feather) and Ira Villegas (women’s fly) won silver. Pichai Chunhajira, its president and head of the contemporary Asian Boxing Confederation, organized by the Thai Boxing Association.
Marcus Manalo, secretary-general of the Association of Boxing Alliance in the Philippines (ABAP), said the Thailand Open had tested the current talent of the Pinoy boxers and given them a clear idea of what would work after a two-week pre-competition training camp. Lake, just outside Bangkok.
“There is something to be done, especially in terms of conditioning. What happened here at this Thailand Open is really a reaction for us. Whether we win or not, it’s a response, “said Mr Manalo, who led the Philippine delegation along with ABAP President Ed Pixon and veteran boxing official Karina Pixon.
The morning after the Thailand Open, the National Pugs will immediately return to Muak Lake where they will resume training for four to five weeks before flying directly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, for the SEA Games scheduled for May 12-23.
Meanwhile, Mr Villegas returned to the Philippines with coach Reynaldo Galido to arrange visa requirements for the Women’s World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6 to 21.
Head coach Don Abnett says athletes have good base fitness and will use the most of their limited time to get back to their tip-top shape.
“They did general training before they came here so base fitness is fine. Next week, we’re going to enter the boxing specification. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks, “said the Australian strategist, who is receiving a lot of help from coaches Roel Velasco, Ronald Chavez, Mitchell Martinez and Mr Gallido.
“I want to keep this (training camp) for another four or five weeks. But we will do what we have time to do, ”he added.
Mr Manalo praised the Thai Boxing Association for its training camps as well as the Thailand Open, which has attracted 14 boxing federations across Asia, Europe and Oceania, including host country Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines’ Southeast Asian rival in Singapore.
“The good news is that our friends at the Thai Boxing Association have offered us the opportunity to train at Muak Lake. It really gives us the best challenge that can push our boxers to be their best Its arrival Also the SEA Games and the Women’s World Championships, “said Mr. Manalo.