Organizers: PH lucky boxing wasn’t scrapped from KL meet

June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ] - January 09, 2017

Just by looking at the medal tally in the boxing competition of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, it’s not difficult to discern why Malaysian organizers aren’t fond of the combat sport that most Filipinos love.

Out of the 11 weight divisions and 44 medals at stake in boxing, Malaysia was the only country which didn’t manage to pluck a single medal.

As a result, the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31 has ditched women’s boxing and men’s weight classes lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg)—categories that Filipinos usually dominate.

“Malaysian boxing officials told me that we should still feel good because the entire sport wasn’t scrapped,” said Ed Picson, executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.

Only six weight categories for men—light flyweight (49kg), flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), light welter (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and heavy (91kg)—have been booked for boxing, a perennial gold mine for the Philippines.
 
The country captured five boxing golds in Singapore.

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