INCHEON, Korea—The Filipino boxers’ familiarity with their 17th Asian Games foes could work for or against them.
But the actual battles which begin Wednesday do not rattle the boxers at all as they came here prepared.
“We’re ready,” declared head coach Nolito Velasco, brother of Olympic medalists Rhoel and Onyok, with Rhoel acting as assistant to the elder Velasco.
“Na-scout namin ang kalaban sa mga tournaments na sinalihan namin. Pero sigurado din ako na na-scout din nila kami. Pero pantay-pantay lang dito sa boxing, patibayan na lang yan sa ring,” Nolito said.
Nolito is also confident all his eight boxers will hurdle the weigh-in today with no trouble.
“Mahaba ang preparasyon namin para dito e. Since January pa lang, sumabak na kami sa training at mga tournaments. Kaya kahit sa timbang, alaga namin ang mga boksingero,” he said.
Aside from a15-day training in Canberra, Australia, the Filipino pugs also took part in tournaments in Kazakhstan and in China.
Ian Bautista, a flyweight and gold medal winner in the 2013 Asian Youth Confederation Championships, won the gold in the 2014 China Open International Boxing Championships, while Charly Suarez and Rey Saludar won silver medals in Kazakhstan.
The Velasco brothers also reported no injuries on the Filipino boxers, who will know their first round rivals during the draw before the weigh-in.