FOUR Filipnio pugs advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 Feliks Stamm Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Junel Cantancio, Ian Clark Bautista, and Mario Fernandez, along with lone woman survivor Nesthy Petecio, advanced to the medal round of the meet held in honor of the seven-time Olympian considered as the father of Polish boxing.
Cantancio faces Hursand Imankuliyev of Turkmenistan in the 60 kgs. class for a place in the gold-medal match, while Mario Bautista tries to do the same in the 56 kgs. division opposite Alwadi Mohammad of Jordan.
Bautista faces Bakhtovar Nazirov of Russia in the semis of the 52 kgs. division, even as Petecio is expected to have her hands full in the women’s 57 kgs. semifinals against Yuliya Apanasovich of Belarus.
Veteran coach Nolito ‘Boy’ Velasco is handling the team in the tournament that attracted 21 countries, including powerhouse Russia, USA, Kazakhstan, Germany, among others.
Bautista edged David Alaverdian of Israel in the quarterfinals, 3-2; Fernandez frustrated the hometown crowd with a 4-1 win over Jaroslav Iwanow, while Cantancio dominated Qatar’s Abdelteef Mohammad Sadiq.
Petecio scored a 5-0 shutout against Hansika Keshani of Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals of an event that lured 146 boxers, including 98 in the men’s elite and 48 in the distaff side.
Already out of medal contention were Irish Magno and Dennis Galvan.
Magno lost to Adriana Smith of Australia in the quarterfinals of the 51 kgs. class, 5-0, while Galvan fell against hometown boy Eryk Aprersyan in the preliminary of the 69 kgs. division by the same score.
The event is part of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines’ (ABAP) preparation for the coming Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.