DAVAO del Norte boxer Mark Anthony Barriga will soon train in Manila to join the RP national junior team that will compete in the Aiba World Youth set on April 22 to May 2 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Barangay Una boxing team manager Gene Rose Tecson bared this during in an interview with Sun.Star Wednesday.

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"Barriga will compete in Ched National Games in Manila then he will stay there for training. He earned a slot in the national juniors team via his sterling performance in the national juniors competition held in Palawan," Tecson said.

She said Barriga, who bagged a gold medal in the nationla event, will come back after the Aiba event but will still return to Manila to train for the Youth Olympics.

"If he wins in Aiba, his training in Manila will continue," Tecson said.

Another boxer, Victorio Saludar, will join the national pool while Jolan Bonghanoy and Alfred Deano will be their next rising stars, according to Tecson.

"We're happy that we have a lot of promising boxers. We are helping Abap (Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines). That's really the aim of former congressman Tonyboy Floirendo that the first Olympic gold medal will come from Mindanao. There's still plenty of room for improvement but we are one wheel on track of our goals," Tecson said.

Davao del Norte's grassroots boxing development program was the brainchild of Floirendo.

She also said they are also interested of training Engelbert Morlade from Davao City and yet allow him keep his identity.

"We are super proud of Moralde's performance in Palawan. Abap Manila is also very much interested in him. We are willing to have him train with us," Tecson said.

Moralde, also a bemedaled Palaro boxer, was the lone Abap-Davao City entry in Palawan although Abap-Calinan sent a handful of boxers there and brought home medals. (MLSA)