The women’s national boxing team, led by Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday, two weeks before the start of the prestigious Thailand Open international boxing tournament.
The Filipinos will train for a week with their Thai counterparts at a gym in Muak Klek, a 2-3 hour drive from Bangkok, before flying to Phuket, which hosts the Thailand Open from 1-10 April.
There is also a training camp for tournament participants scheduled for March 23-30.
“It’s good that our female boxers can train for two weeks before competing in the Thailand Open,” the head coach of the Association of Boxing Alliances Philippines women’s team, Reynaldo, said on Thursday. Galido, before the team left for Muak Klek, a district. of the province of Saraburi, 154 kilometers from the Thai capital.
Petecio, who won the featherweight title in 2019, will skip the tournament as she prepares for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in Vietnam and the World Championships. She will only join her teammates at training camp.
Also in action are Josie Gabuco (48 kg), Aira Villegas and Mary IC Sinadjan (51 kg), Irish Magno (54 kg), Maricel de la Torre (57 kg), Riza Pasuit (60 kg) and Hergie Bacyadan (75 kg) .
Magno and Pasuit were silver medalists. Pasuit also won the bronze medal at the 2019 SEA Games.
The Thailand Open, considered one of the best boxing tournaments in the world, will serve as a tune-up tournament for female boxers competing at the International Boxing Association Women’s World Championships in May, also at the SEA Games. in May and at the Asian Games. in September.
“The Thailand Open is our only tune-up tournament before the SEA Games in Vietnam, so we are grateful to have the opportunity to compete,” said Galido, a gold medalist at the 1994 Asian Games and wears – flag of the Philippine delegation in 1996. Atlanta Olympic Games.
Galido, who is accompanied by assistant coach Mitchell Martinez, said the Filipinos will learn a lot from the pre-tournament training camp.
“The camp will be attended by the best boxers not only from Southeast Asia, but also from Asian countries like Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and other countries, who are very good. Our boxers will surely learn a lot by preparing for the SEA Games and the World Championships,” added Galido.