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Suarez, Ladon busy

Boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez will spend the remaining days of their buildup trading blows with fellow Rio Olympcs-bound punchers from Azerbaijan, France and Mexico in Colorado Springs.

Holed up in the US West Coast the last four weeks, light-fly Ladon and lightweight Suarez are in the thick of training under Nonito Donaire Sr., father of world champion Nonito Jr. in Las Vegas.

On July 17, the two will head to Colorado Springs, site of the US Olympic Training Center.

Ladon and Suarez, who earned their Rio tickets during the Asia/Oceania qualifying in China last April, will remain there for ten days before heading to Rio de Janeiro.

Action in boxing begins on Aug. 6 but the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines has yet to determine if Ladon or Suarez will make their respective debuts on that day.

Colorado Springs has an elevation of 6,000 feet (1.6 kilometers above sea level).

Fly Ian Clark Bauista and welter Felix Eumir Marcial tried to catch the last but during the Final World Qualifying in Azerbaijan last month but were eliminated early.

Boxing gave the Philippines its last Olympic medal – a silver from light-fly Onyok Velasco from the 1996 Atlanta Games.