Boxing coach Nolito “Boy” Velasco is retiring from the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines national team effective December 31, 2021.
In a letter to the national boxing federation, the long-time boxing trainer said he was “looking forward to enjoy my retirement with my family, as I give them the time and effort I missed because of working.”
Velasco, 58, is the elder brother of Olympic boxing medalists Roel (bronze, Barcelona ‘92) and Mansueto “Onyok” (silver, Atlanta ‘96).
ABAP accepted his request for retirement in a letter signed by president Ricky Vargas and secretary-general Ed Picson.
The two officials wished Velasco “well in your future endeavors.”
Velasco was part of the coaching staff of the historic Philippine boxing team in the Tokyo Olympic Games, where Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam bagged silver medals and Eumir Marcial clinched a bronze.
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