Ric Fortaleza and Filipino Australian Fans

Fil-Aussies raring to root for ‘pacman’

  • Page Views 2586
  • Former Olympic coach and boxing champion Ricardo ‘Ric’ Fortaleza is currently at the forefront together with the bunch of Fil-Aussies in
    throwing full support to our very own ‘Pambansang Kamao’ for the upcoming tussle tagged as “Battle of the Brisbane”.

    Fortaleza, who immigrated to Australia in the early 2000, gathers a pack of Filipinos, as well as homegrown individuals residing in Blacktown,
    Sydney , to show their colors in backing the fight of Manny Pacquiao against Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn on July 2. The eldest among the
    four Fortaleza Fighters ,Rey, Rene and Roger, Ric didn’t waste time in meeting all the Filipino supporters in Blacktown for a worthy
    cause. Like Manny, the 66- year-old boxing instructor and veteran of numerous international championships,
    is a certified boxing excellence in his own rights.

    The multi-titled pug has won gold in Tokyo in the 1969 First Asian Youth Championships, and a year later duplicate the feat by
    crowning himself as the lone gold medalist in the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok.

    Success continues to pour on Ricardo, the third among the brood of twelve, this time racking up a silver finish in the 1971 Asian
    Boxing Championships held in Tehran.

    He has represented Philippines in the 1972 Munich Olympics, where he succumbed to a 2nd round RSC (referee stopped contest
    ) from the hands of Alfonso Zamora of Mexico.

    After topping the 1974 tryouts in Tehran, the Bachelor of Science in Education degree holder from Far Eastern University finally bid
    goodbye to amateur boxing.

    His illustrious career didn’t stop there despite hanging his gloves for good. He became the ring tactician of FEU and was named
    official Philippine coach of the national team from 1976-1985.

    Fortaleza even got the call to handle the Sultanate of Oman, where he honed two Omani boxers en route to representing their nation in
    the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    Three years later, he steered the RP team to 8 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze performance at the conclusion of 1991 Manila
    SEA Games and extended his mentorship up to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, which is instrumental in guiding Roel Velasco to a bronze medal
    haul.

    It was the busiest decade for him as he led the RP team to President’s Cup in Bangkok, King’s Cup in Jakarta, SEA Games in Singapore, World
    Boxing Championships in Belgrade, to name a few. Ricardo currently resides in Blacktown together with his wife Eliza and three children,
    Richelle, Cherille and Eric ,where he teaches boxing.

    His services was transported even in Chinese-Taipei, where he teaches Physical Education in college for four years.
    Boxing will always be number one in his heart wherever he goes. He now considers Australia his second home and that’s the
    main objective in uniting all the Filipinos there to cheer for Pacquiao.

    (L-R) Antonio Cuyugan, Ariel Relayson, Alber Odisho, Jeremy Paton, Ricardo Fortaleza, Carlos Mamucod with their families

    He was responsible in organizing a group photo, where most of the guys wear Pacquiao shirt and brandishing a closed fist that
    resembles the trademark of President Rodrigo Duterte.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 29 July 2021
      3 days ago No comment

      With multiple medals, Tokyo 2020 an Olympic banner year for Philippines

      The Philippines will finish with multiple medals in the ongoing Olympics. This means that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will represent a banner year for the country. The Philippine Daily Inquirer observed that this will be the first time since the Los Angeles 1932 Games that the Philippines will win ...

    • 22 July 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Lolit Solis hints at Kris Aquino’s possible run in 2022

      Will Kris Aquino run in the national elections in 2022? This was the question of veteran entertainment journalist Lolit Solis who promised to vote for Kris should she decide to run in the national elections next year. But Lolit advised Kris not to run for mayor in Quezon City ...

    • 22 July 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      Philippines administers 15.6 million COVID-19 shots

      The Philippines has administered 15.6 million doses against the COVID-19 virus. Harry Roque, spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, shared this number in a media briefing Wednesday (July 21). Of the 15.6 million does administered by the government, Roque said 10,585,261 million persons got their first dose. As well, 5,031,301 ...

    • 17 July 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      First Nations peoples condemn tweet on Church burnings

      At a press conference in Vancouver, Pentecostal assistant minister Jenn Allan-Riley, a 60s scoop survivor whose mother attended residential school, called for the wave of church arsons to stop. She adds that “Burning down churches is not in solidarity with us Indigenous people. As I said, we do not ...

    • 17 July 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Paki-Ayos: A New Service for Filipinos in Canada

      Paki-Ayos Services Inc. will do errands for you in the Philippines Do you need something done in the Philippines, but air fare, accommodations, and pasalubong cost too much for you to go back home? A new service, Paki-Ayos, is here to help. Forget about going on a very expensive ...

    %d bloggers like this: