Olympian Rogen Ladon and 2015 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Ian Clark Bautista are in China with the other members of the national boxing team as they prepare for the World Championships in Germany and the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia next month.
Ladon will represent the country in the light flyweight (49kg) category of the World Championships while Bautista will try to replicate his gold medal finish in the SEA Games two years ago in Singapore.
“We are focused on getting in shape and improving our skills in preparation for our respective tournaments,” Ladon, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics said.
The World Championships in Germany, he said, is similar to the Olympics in terms of the level of competition among the participating countries.
“It will be like the Olympics and my stint in Brazil last year has inspired me to do better in big tournaments like these,” Ladon said in the dialect during an interview over RMN DYHB.
He asked his family in Bago City and his fellow Negrenses to pray for him and all the members of the national boxing team.
Meanwhile, Bautista is determined to keep his spot in the national team and earn the privilege of representing the country once again in the SEAG.
He said only one among the four boxers, including himself, who are now training in China will be chosen by ABAP to compete in the flyweight division (52kg).
“I have to give my best during the training to earn my spot in the team. Nobody is assured of an outright slot although my previous record as gold medalist might give me a little edge over the others,” Bautista said during the radio interview.
“You can be replaced anytime if you don't do your best during trainings. I keep that in mind and I push myself to be ready for any challenge,” Bautista, who hails from Binalbagan town said.*NAB
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