MANILA, Philippines – Filipino lightweight Charly Suarez will have to get past the taller Joe Cordina of Great Britain when the first round of Olympic boxing kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, while light flyweight Rogen Ladon has been seeded to the second round.
Suarez, 27, drew the 24-year-old Cordina of Cardiff, Wales during the official AIBA draw on Thursday, August 4. Cordina stands 5-feet-9, two inches taller than the Davao del Norte native. The switch-hitting southpaw Cordina was a gold medalist at the 2015 European Amateur Championships and bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The winner of that bout will meet the winner between Hurshid Tojibaev of Uzbekistan and Hakan Erşeker of Qatar.
Rogen Ladon, the Philippines’ light flyweight representative, will start his campaign in the second round after receiving a bye. Ladon, 22, of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, will meet the winner between Patrick Lourenço of Brazil and Yurberjen Martinez of Colombia in the second round. Neither boxer is internationally notable.
Ladon will need just two wins to get to the medal rounds while Suarez will need 3 to reach the semifinals.
The Philippines hasn’t earned an Olympic medal since the 1996 Games, but 5 of the country’s 9 medals have come from the boxing event. The last time a non-boxer from the Philippines medaled was in 1936. – Rappler.com