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New bite for pugs

Rio Olympics-bound boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez have been fitted with Olympic-grade mouthpieces by Los Angeles orthodontist Ed dela Vega, famous for providing the mouthguards of Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire and mainstays of the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu.

Light-flyweight Ladon and lightweight Suarez were brought to Dela Vega’s dental office in Canoga Park, California, by Nonito “Dodong” Donaire, father of the world super-bantamweight champion.

Donaire Sr. also acts as one of the coaches of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap).

The boxers, who will spend the next five weeks in the US for their Rio preparation, was joined by Abap head coach Pat Gaspi.

Gaspi and the fighters flew in last week from Manila.