Manila, Philippines – Excellent performance, good training and good behavior will be the basis of the coaching staff in selecting the two female boxers that will represent the Philippines in the Olympic qualifying slated in May in China when they show their wares in the Asian Women Boxing competition in March in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
The competition, slated March 16-26, will feature crack boxers from more than 40 countries in the region.
ABAP is sending Alice Kate Aparri, Josie Gabuco, Nesthy Petecio, Rica Aquino Janice Vallares.
Except for Vallares, a product of ABAP grassroots program from Cagayan de Oro City, the rest are veterans of numerous international boxing competitions.
Gabuco competes in 46 kilograms, Aparri in 50 kgs., Petecio 54 kgs., Aquino 60 kgs., and Vallares 57 kgs.
ABAP executive director Ed Picson said the men’s team is in deep training for the Asian Men Boxing slated April 1-8 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Gabuco and Aparri won the gold and Petecio the silver in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, while Aquino, a former muaythai standout turned boxer, won the silver in the 2011 President Cup in Chinese Taipei.
Gabuco, 24, from Puerto Princesa, Palawan also won the bronze in the 2009 World Boxing in Mingdo, China and in 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Aparri, 24, from Baguio, also won the bronze in the 2005 World Boxing in Moscow, Russia. (Clyde Mariano)