EUMIR Marcial heads the Philippine boxing team to the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
A 13-strong lineup has been submitted by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) for the SEA Games.
Marcial recently placed second in the middleweight division of the Aiba World Boxing Championship and will go for a third SEA Games title in the weight class.
SEA Games boxing will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Also part of the men’s line-up are lightweight Carlo Paalam, flyweight Rogen Ladon, bantamweight Ian Clark Bautista, lightweight Charly Suarez, light welterweight James Palicte and welterweight Joel Bacho.
Light heavyweight John Tupas Marvin will defend his SEA Games gold.
Light flyweight Josie Gabuco, flyweight Irish Magno, bantamweight Aira Villegas, featherweight Nesthy Petecio and lightweight Risa Pasuit will be competing in the women’s division.
Abap secretary general Ed Picson, however, said the federation can still make last-minute changes.
“This list is not cast in stone. We reserve the right to replace any boxer who does not live up to the criteria set by the coaching staff, which includes not only performance in the ring or the gym, but also in terms of punctuality, attitude and over-all behavior,” said Picson.
Teams can still replace any boxer until the official weigh-in on December 2, a day before the competition starts.
Ronald Chavez is the men's team head coach, while Nolito Velasco is the women’s team coach, with Australia's Don Abnett as consultant.