SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- As was held in Puerto Rico in early 2014, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) will stimulate several prospects of professional boxing from Mexico and the Philippines as part of the successful program Kids Drug Free.
The WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said that the young boxers will be financially rewarded with a scholarship to further studies and can continue their boxing careers.
“We had this event in Puerto Rico and we want to go to other regions to encourage sports and studies in the young boxers, so let’s do it in two major boxing countries like Mexico and the Philippines”, Valcarcel said. “The important thing here is that it will motivate these young boxers on their education and also their career in boxing”.
As was done in Puerto Rico, where they were awarded undefeated Felix “Diamante” Verdejo, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez and John Karl Sosa, will be young fighters with 10 bouts or less to be selected.
Valcarcel told that the young prospects will be chosen in voting by a group of journalists in Mexico and the Philippines, in which each one will select five of these young boxers and the five ones to receive the most votes will be those who will be the WBO Prospects Right Now.
WBO representatives in Mexico, Rafael Lopez Santos, and in the Philippines, Leon Panoncillo Jr., will be responsible to lead the works of selection in these countries.
The selected prospects will be rewarded financially with a scholarship for their studies as well as clothes and training equipment, and a plaque to commemorate the feat. These award activities in Mexico and the Philippines will be held soon.
Remember the WBO 27th Annual Convention to take place at the Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 27 to October 31, 2014. More information at www.wboboxing.com.