Desires are high for the one game generally known to exemplify national pride in the Southeast Asian Games.
Boxing rivalries start on Wednesday, with previous best on the planet Josie Gabuco and two others kicking off the old neighborhood battle at PICC Forum.
Gabuco, 32, who won a gold in the 2012 AIBA World Championships, will have her hands full as she sets things straight with Raksat Chuthamat of Thailand in the ladies’ light-flyweight (45-48 kg) class.
A local of Puerto Princessa, she is gunning for a fifth gold in the SEA Games, having recently won from 2009 to 2015.
The official draw was held Tuesday evening. Two different Filipinas — Aira Villegas and veteran Irish Magno — will see activity on opening day, as well.
Villegas, a bantamweight (54 kg), takes on Vilayphone Vongphachan of Laos, while Magno will conflict with Leona Hui of Singapore in a flyweight (51 kg) session.
Carlo Paalam is the solitary male homegrown fighter to see activity on opening day, as he takes on Khamphouvanh Khamsathone of Laos in the men’s light-flyweight class.
A sum of 13 gold awards is in question, remembering eight for the men’s division. Relationship of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines secretary-general Ed Picson said the primary goal of the game’s national overseeing body is to rise as by and large champion.
“I’m sure our fighters are decidedly ready, appropriately roused, and well-molded,” Picsonsaid. “We will go for the general titles in boxing.”
Confining created two gold decorations the last version of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur two years prior in Eumir Felix Marcial and John Marvin, in spite of the fact that it fell an award shy of winning the general title against perpetual opponent Thailand.