Tokyo Olympics silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam banner the Philippine boxing squad that will see action in the Asian Elite Men and Women Championships in Amman, Jordan this month.

Nesthy Petecio (MB File Photo)

The tournament, which fires off from Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, is expected to draw a strong field from the region including the Philippines as it is using the event as part of its buildup for a busy 2023.

Petecio will compete in the women’s 57kg while Paalam will see action in the men’s 54kg.

Joining Petecio in the women’s lineup are Althea Pores in the 48kg, Aira Villegas in the 50kg, Tokyo Olympian Irish Magno in the 52kg, and Hergie Bacyadan in the 75kg.

Completing the men’s team, meanwhile, are Mark Lester Durens (48kg), Rogen Ladon (51kg), Ian Clark Bautista or Mario Fernandez (57kg) Paul Julyfer Bascon (60kg), James Palicte or Jere Samuel dela Cruz (63.5kg) and Marjon PiaƱar (69kg).

Eumir Felix Marcial is also lined up in the 75kg but has yet to commit, according to Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) executive director Marcus Manalo.

Manalo said the team will also undergo an extensive two-week training camp in Amman prior to the tournament.

ABAP is bolstering its training and competition programs for its athletes in preparation for next year, particularly for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China where it will serve as one of the qualifications for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The association is also looking forward to the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in May 2023 as it will also serve as part of the team’s buildup for the Olympic qualifications.

At the moment, the team has been training in Baguio City.

Source: Manila Bulletin (