Amateur boxing is at a major, controversial crossroads today. The sport is trying to evolve, but the only foreseeable way the international federation AIBA believes it can grow or at least maintain public interest is to tread into professional rules. Since 2009, headgear was eliminated due to some evidence that it caused more concussions among boxers.
Three Filipino fighters are confirmed to compete at the AIBA World Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 7-19 and not one of them is named Manny Pacquiao. Booked to bid for tickets to Rio are flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, bantamweight Mario Fernandez and welterweight Eumir Marcial.
Toronto finished the last NBA regular season only a win behind Cleveland in the Eastern Conference so the Raptors’ showing in the ongoing playoffs shouldn’t really surprising. What’s particularly impressive is how Toronto coach Dwane Casey has been able to outwit Cavs coach Tyronn Lue in their bench duel so far in the race for the Eastern ticket to the Last Dance.