The coach of the Mexican boxing team, Francisco Bonilla, assured today that his team will compete without complexes in the Pan American Games in Toronto 2015, next July, and hoped to win several medals in that tournament.
“We have fought equally with the Cuban favorites and we are ready to face them and the other rivals in Toronto, we are optimistic,” Bonilla told Efe.
Mexico won a gold medal, four silver and four bronze in Guadalajara 2011 and just over two months after the Toronto Games, the country already has four fighters classified, Joselito Velázquez, in the 49 kilos; Lindorfo Delgado (60), Raúl Curiel (64) and Misael Rodríguez (75).
“In recent months we have had a good blank, I cannot compare my team with that of Guadalajara 2011, I only know that this time we will compete with very good boxers,” said Bonilla.
In addition to the quartet that already has the tickets for the Pan-American Games in hand, the National Federation hopes to receive confirmation in the next few hours that Toronto Elías Emigdio (52) and Rogelio Romero (81) are classified.
If these two places are ratified, Mexico will look for three more in a qualifying tournament in June in Tijuana, in the north of the country, in which it will also fight for two places for the Pan American women’s contest with Sulem Urbina, weighing 51 kilos, and Victoria. Torres, from the 60s.
Boxing is one of the two sports that has given Mexico the most medals in the Olympic Games, two gold, three silver and seven bronze, but the country has not won any medal since Christian Bejarano’s bronze in Sydney 2000.
The Pan American team will be the base of the Mexican team that aspires to be a protagonist in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, for which welterweight Raúl Curiel already has a guaranteed ticket.
“It is an advantage to be classified so long in advance, so I can concentrate without pressure on my training sessions to get to Rio in the best shape; then it is likely that I will become a professional, “Curiel told Efe. EFE