Interview with ABAP President Mr. Victorio Vargas
President of the Association of the Boxing Alliances in the Philippines Mr. Victorio Vargas followed the semi-finals and the finals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in the venue in Puerto Princesa.
The ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships delivered two gold medals for the Philippines and Mr. Vargas replied to our questions following Kenneth De Pena’s and John Vincent Pangga’s titles.
“I am really happy after the finals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. Two gold medals are more than we expected here in the competition from our team therefore I am really satisfied.
Kenneth De La Pena and John Vincent Pangga achieved our titles here in the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa in spite of the fact they competed in their first ever international tournament.
We competed in Puerto Princesa with four new and young boxers in this ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships. Mindanao’s Criztian Russu Laurente should have been our third gold medallist here, he was our main favourite, but lost his quarter-final bout. I think he needs more experiences in the future to win such a difficult quarter-final bout.
We were planning to compete in the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships here in Puerto Princesa with seven boxers but finally only four was able to compete due the passport issues but we are all satisfied with these two gold medals.
The ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships have just done but we will have two big events in the same time in August. We can compete with two boxers, Rio 2016 Olympian Rogen Ladon and Dannel Maamo in the Hamburg 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships from August 25.
Our teenage talent Carlo Paalam, furthermore Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez, Charly Suarez, Eumir Felix Marcial and the new UK-based talent Juan Noble Tupas Marvin Jr. will be competing in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 20.
All of them are capable to get at least a medal in the Southeast Asian Games but we are hoping more from them. We won five gold medals in the last edition of the Singapore 2015 Southeast Asian Games and we would like to follow our traditions.
In longer term we are thinking about to host the 2019 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships here in the Philippines,” commented ABAP President Mr. Victorio Vargas after Philippines’ golden successes in the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships.