P1-Million Bonus For World Champ

MANILA, Philippines --- Josie Gabuco, who provided the lone bright spot for Filipino boxers competing abroad by recently winning a world title, will receive a P1-million cash reward for her feat, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) said yesterday.

Gabuco is coming off a gold-medal winning performance in the world women's championships in China and the ABAP said the 25-year-old lady puncher's exploits will not go unrewarded.

Aside from the P1 million from telecom tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT-Smart, Gabuco is also expected to receive a bonus from the Philippine Sports Commission under provisions of law.

Gabuco's triumph undoubtedly was a welcome development for the ABAP, which has been coming up empty in various campaigns abroad.

Despite the generous support of private and government entities, the Philippine boxing team has failed to make advances in international competitions, most notably in the Olympic qualifying.

Only one fighter, light-fly Mark Anthony Barriga, has earned a slot to London and even his inclusion is not by right but rather via the backdoor when his opponent in the quarterfinal round of the world men's championship won the gold medal.

But the ABAP said Barriga will prove his detractors wrong by making it to the medal podium.

That indeed would be a welcome surprise for the RP team which has just seven Olympic bets so far although several others are still vying for berths in London.


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