A SIX-MAN team led by Rio de Jainero Olympic veteran Rogen Ladon is bound for Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Wednesday as it competes in the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Championship.
Ladon is seeing action in the 49-kg class of the April 30-May 7 meet that serves as qualifier to the AIBA World Boxing Championships set in Hamburg, Germany this August.
It will be the first major international tournament for the 23-year-old native of Bago, Negros Occidental, since his failed bid in last year’s Olympics, where he lost in the opening round to eventual silver medalist Yurberjen Herney Martinez of Colombia.
The Olympian beat Ramel Macado in a box-off to earn his slot in the team.
Other Filipino pugs seeing action in the week-long tournament are Daniel Maamo (52 kg), Mario Bautista (56 kg), James Palicte (60 kg), Joel Bacho (69 kg), and Felix Marcial (75 kg).
Coaches Nolito ‘Boy’ Velasco, Elias Recaido, and Reynaldo Galido will accompany the team in the meet that features more than 200 boxers from 29 countries.
As expected, countries from Central Asia as well as perennial rival Thailand pose the biggest threats in the country’s medal bid.
“Yung mga likes ng Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyztan ang mga malalakas diyan,” said Velasco on the eve of the team’s departure. “Pero halos lahat ng teams ready for the tournament kasi qualifier nga ito for the world championship.”