ABAP All Set for Asian Junior Hosting
The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is all set for the hosting of the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships on August 1 to 7 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
More than 150 boxers and 60 coaches and team managers from 20 countries have confirmed their participation in the six-day competition sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, Smart and Maynilad.
The Puerto Princesa City Coliseum has been tagged as venue for the tournament which will feature boxers aged 15-16 years old vying for top honors in 13 weight categories ranging from 46 kg to 81+ kg.
“ABAP’s hosting of this tournament is part of our firm resolve to promote grassroots development in boxing. We need to educate the youth on the proper basics and hone them to become the elite boxers of the future,” said ABAP President Ricky Vargas.
The Philippines was chosen to stage the tournament during the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) executive committee meeting held in Abu Dhabi last December after Vargas, also a member of the EC, offered to host the event.
Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron have pledged their support for the competition, promising to give all participants a pleasant and memorable time in one of the country’s best cities.
Local bets slated to participate are hoping to equal or surpass the exploits of Criz Sander Laurente, who two years ago was awarded as the best boxer in the tournament held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Laurente earned the prestigious honor despite being barred from competing in the finals due to an upset stomach he had dealt the entire tourney. He was later hailed as the Best Asian Junior Boxer of 2015.
There are 4 young hopefuls chosen from the grassroots development program of ABAP in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission. They are Kenneth de la Pena (46 kg), Criz /Russo Laurente (48 kg, younger brother of Sander), John Vincent Pangga (50 kg) and Norlan Petecio (60 kg).
Catch the live stream of the event on ABAP’s YouTube Channel, or by playing the video bellow: