THE Asian Boxing Confederation recently announced the conferment of the “Best Asian Youth Boxer of the Year” award to PLDT-Abap boxer Eumir Felix Marcial and “Best Asian Competition for 2013” plum to the Asian Youth Championships organized by ABAP last March in Subic Bay.
Marcial was cited for his performance in the Asian Youth Championships where he bagged the gold medal in the 64 kg. light-welterweight class.
Three other Filipino boxers topped their catgories in th same competition: Jade Bornea (light-flyweight), Ian Clark Bautista (flywieght), and James Palicte (lightweight).
ASBC also predicted that since Marcial is turning 18 years old this year, he will be eligible to fight and will be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Asian Games slated to be held in Incheon, South Korea.
Abap was also commended for hosting the Youth Championships in Subic Bay, which drew 24 countries last March. The Philippine boxing federation was praised for working hard for a well-organized tournament that projected a “friendly and smiling competition.”
Abap president Ricky Vargas, thanked the ASBC for the recognition saying “Marcial is one of our prized discoveries from our grassroots development program and is one of those we are looking at to carry the torch for the country in future competitions.”
Vargas also shared the honor with the many people and entities who made sure the hosting in Subic was a resounding success.
“We couldn't have pulled it off without the blessings of our chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan and the support of those in the MVP group who pitched in: PLDT, SMART, MAYNILAD (which Vargas himself heads as president) and the MVP Sports Foundation. Of course, the Philippine Sports Commission also helped.”
Meantime, the boxer medalists who won in the recently-concluded Southeast Asian Games held in Myanmar last month are slated to receive their cash incentives from Abap when they report for training next week after the Christmas break.
All 10 Filipino boxers came home with medals: three gold, four silver and three bronze.
“We're very proud of our male and female boxers who slugged it out even under adverse conditions. We are also proud that our benefactors from PLDT, SMART and MAYNILAD again came through. They all chipped in for the P2M total cash incentive," Vargas said.
Gold medalists get P300,000, a silver is worth P200,000 and bronze P100,000. This is apart from the incentive the boxers are set to receive from the Philippine Sports Commission.