THREE Filipinos were among the 14 awardees in Asia’s Best in Boxing Award for 2016 given by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ABC).
Boxer Criztian Pitt Laurente, coach Patricio Gaspi and technical official Maria Karina Picson joined the cast of achievers that were given honors by ABC president Serik Konakbayev of Kazakhstan.
Laurente, who came from a boxing family from Gen. Santos City, was cited as the Best Junior Boxer of 2016, for winning the gold medal in the Children of Asia Tournament held in Yakutsk, Russia last July.
Gaspi was named as the Best Asian Coach. A former national boxer, Gaspi is the Chairman of the ASBC Coaches Commission and is a certified AIBA 3-Star Coach (the highest level) and is also a certified AIBA Coaching Instructor and a member of the AIBA Coaches Commission.
While Picson was given 2016 Best Supervisor in Asia, for completing all three AIBA programs- AOB (AIBA Open Boxing, the Olympic program) WSB (World Series of Boxing, a team tournament) and the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing). Picson is also a member of both the AIBA and ASBC Women's Commissions.
Picson had passed the ITO (International Technical Official) Course and Examinations in Antalya, Turkey in 2011 and the AIBA Supervisor's Course and Examinations in 2015 in Almaty Kazakhstan.
ABAP President Ricky Vargas congratulated the three awardees calling them "Asia's Best, Philippines' Pride", and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in their respective roles and to inspire everyone in ABAP to do the same.
Laurente, Gaspi and Picson were joined by Danita Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan as Best Male Elite Boxer, China' Yu Jin Hua (Best Woman Elite Boxer), Hayato Tsushima of Japan (Best Youth Boxer), Asian Discovery of the Year Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan, Kuok Veng Vong of Macau as Best Asian ITO and Kazakhstan as Best Asian National Federation for 2016.