WATCH: PH boxing team eyes golden rush

Delfin Dioquino
Filipino sluggers look to draw inspiration and strength from a supportive home crowd in their quest for gold in the 2019 SEA Games

GO FOR GOLD. Reigning SEA Games champions Eumir Marcial (right) and John Marvin lead the men's team. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine men and women’s boxing teams won’t settle for anything less than a gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

As the country hosts the regional meet fot the first time in 14 years, the competing Filipino sluggers set their eyes on the top prize while also looking to draw inspiration and strength from a supportive home crowd. 

Reigning SEA Games titleholders Eumir Marcial (middleweight) and John Marvin (light heavyweight), and former Olympian Charly Suarez (lightweight) lead the men’s team.

Meanwhile, world champions Nesthy Petecio (featherweight) and Josie Gabuco (light flyweight) hold the fort for the women’s team.

There will be 8 gold medals up for grabs in the men’s division and 5 in the women’s.

Boxing action kicks off at the PICC Forum in Pasay City on December 4. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.