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Roach to see if Tañamor has it

Nick Giongco

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will do everything — as in everything — to enhance light flyweight Harry Tañamor’s medal chances in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

PSC chairman William Ramirez said that Tañamor, the country’s lone entry in boxing, will be taken under the wings of a conditioning coach after his training stint in Cuba and might even find himself spending some time with renowned trainer Freddie Roach and observing the daily grind at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California "to soak up a winning attitude."

"After he trains in Cuba, Harry will go to Florida to work with another coach and I have taken this up with (boxing association head) Manny Lopez," said Ramirez.

So determined is Ramirez in boosting’s the 30-year-old Tañamor’s medal prospects that he wants him to spend some time with the revered Roach, who trains boxing star Manny Pacquiao.

"Harry will not actually train with Roach but I want him to imbibe the winning ways of the Pacquiao and Roach combination. Mental toughness will also be the key to victory in the Olympics," said Ramirez.

Tañamor will go into the Olympics as one of the favorites, having finished second in the 2007 world championships held in Chicago.

Told about plans to send Tañamor to the Wild Card, Roach answered in the affirmative.

"He’s welcome to go here," said Roach yesterday when contacted by the Bulletin. "No problem."

"What does he weigh?" asked the 48-year-old Roach.

"Light fly," answered the caller.

"106 lbs," said Roach, who revealed that one of the members of the US Olympic boxing team is working out at the Wild Card.

The Philippines failed to win a medal in the last two Olympics after Onyok Velasco settled for a silver in the 1996 Atlanta Games, Roel Velasco got the bronze in 1992 in Barcelona and Leopoldo Serantes also got the same color in Seoul in 1988.

The Velasco brothers and Serantes — like Tañamor — saw action in the light flyweight division.


Roach to see if Tañamor has it



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