FORMER boxing Olympian Leopoldo Cantancio died on Friday night following a motorcycle accident in Bago City, Negros Occidental. He was 54.
Cantancio represented the country in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1988 Seoul Olympics.
He reached the quarterfinals of the LA Games fighting as a lightweight.
National boxing coach Nolito Boy Velasco confirmed the sad news on Saturday morning to SPIN.ph
"Pauwi siya sa Barangay Napoles nung naaksidente," said Velasco, whose famed familiy also hails from Bago. "Unexpected nga.
Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) president Ricky Vargas sent condolences and expressed symphaties to the family of Cantancio, husband to former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) official Malou Cantancio.
"He was driving home to Bago City from Bacolod where he coached a teamin the Panaad boxing tournament," related ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson about the accident.
Cantancio was a contemporary of Velasco, eldest brother of Olympic medalists Onyok and Roel, with the national boxing team.
"Nauna lang siya sa akin, pero nag-abot kami. 1979 siya, 1983 ako. National youth pa lang ako, nasa men's team na siya," said Velasco.
Cantancio also won a silver medal in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, Korea and bagged the bronze in the Beijing edition of the Asiad four years later. He fought as a lightweight on both times.