TWO members of the Philippine boxing team in Rogen Ladon and Criz Sander Laurente will be awarded by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), the continental federation for boxing, for their achievements in the year 2015.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) executive director Ed Picson said the federation got the piece of good news following a correspondence it received from ASBC executive director Bagdaulet Turekhanov.
Ladon,22, of Bago, Negros Occidental, won silver in the Asian Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, and consequently was a bronze medal winner in the World Championships in Doha, Qatar the following month.
Unfortunately, he fell one win short of landing a slot in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in that qualifying tournament.
Laurente,15, one of two brothers from General Santos City who were conscripted by ABAP to the national pool in their talent discovery program, won silver in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last June.
He could have gotten a higher podium finish if not for a bum stomach that hit him early in the tournament. While he fought through it in the quarters and the semis, the teenage was so weak and dehydrated by the time the finals came around that he had to withdraw from the gold medal bout.
ABAP President Ricky Vargas expressed elation over the news and congratulated the two boxers and the ABAP coaching staff as he exhorted the entire Philippine boxing team to always “strive for excellence for flag and country.”