It is a common fact. Boxing is a sport where Filipinos do more than excel. Filipinos dominate the ring as testified by Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, and ring legends like the Penalosa brothers, Luisito Espinosa, Flash Elorde, and Pancho Garcia. But if that is the case, why is bagging an Olympic gold medal only seem like a dream?
Many Filipinos believe that the first Olympic gold will come from the squared circle. Twice, the elusive gold was within reach. Twice, Filipinos were denied. And many said it was because of lack of support, training, and equipment, and of antiquated methodologies and inside politics.
Whatever the reason, RP Boxing may just have the opportunity to reverse the fortune and perhaps bring home the country’s first ever gold medal.
Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Virgil Hill, and Meldrick Taylor are just some of the big names in boxing history. And they all happen to be members of the 1984 US Olympic Boxing team that netted 9 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. And the 1984 US Olympic boxing team was considered to be among the best amateur standouts at the times.
Enter Jerry Page, another member of the said group who bagged the gold medal in the light welterweight division. In his amateur years, Page was more than a standout; he was a boxing prodigy. But a few years after the 1984 Olympics, into his fifth year as a pro, Page retired after 15 professional bouts.
But like any boxer who walks away from the sport, Page never completely got rid of boxing. It was and still is in his system. Now, years away from the memorable 1984 Olympics, Page works as a trainer for amateurs and pros and is currently handling Filipino-American amateur Miles Delmindo.
Page has expressed his desire to help the RP Boxing Team by offering his services as a consultant. According to a source close to Page, they sent ABAP an email last year in efforts to initiate communication with the amateur boxing heads and the Philippine Olympic committee.
However, no response was made by ABAP as of this writing.
It would be too speculative to name reasons why RP Boxing did not even made a reply to Page, but it is important to point out that Page brings a lot to the table as far as winning a gold medal is concerned. Page is a highly-respected trainer and his experience and expertise are topnotch.
“I am more than happy and willing to lend my expertise to the Filipino team,” Page declared in a video interview in YouTube. “It’s kind of ironic that I am dealing with a Filipino kid and I think we will be a good match.”
Will Page help the RP Boxing team to deliver the country even a single Olympic gold in boxing? He might. There are no guarantees as boxing can easily become an unpredictable sport. But with the kind of help Page is offering, it is an opportunity not worth wasting.