The man who guided multiple Filipino boxers to Olympic medals will soon hang up his spurs.
Nolito “Boy” Velasco is retiring from the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) national team effective December 31 after a decorated decades-long coaching career.
Velasco said in a letter to ABAP that he is “looking forward to enjoy my retirement with my family, as I give them the time and effort I missed because of working.”
The 58-year-old Velasco mentored Nesthy Petecio when she captured a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
Under the tutelage of Velasco, Petecio became the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal as she contributed to the Philippines’ biggest haul in the history of the Games.
Velasco also served as coach of his younger brothers Roel and Onyok when they bagged Olympic medals in the 1990s. (READ: Nolito, Roel, Onyok: How the Velasco brothers turned into Olympic heroes)
Roel clinched a bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games, while Onyok settled for a silver medal following a controversial decision in the finals in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
ABAP president Ricky Vargas and secretary general Ed Picson accepted his decision to retire.
Vargas and Picson wished Velasco “well in your future endeavors.” – Rappler.com