SUBIC – Four men are left standing for the Philippines when the semifinal round of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships kicks off on Friday at the Subic gym.
Bantamweight Jonas Bacho was outclassed by Uzbekistan’s Nursuitan Nisanbaev in their 56kg quarterfinal fight late Wednesday and lost by a hairline, 9-8, becoming the first local bet to bow out of the tournament backed by the MVP Sports Foundation, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, PLDT, Smart, NLEX, Maynilad, Clarktel, Subictel, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Videogear Inc., Exile Lights and Sound, Philippine Olympic Committee, and the Philippine Sports Commission, and supported by Sony Philippines, Nestle Philippines, and Trame Oil & Environmental Specialist.
“Couldn’t ask for more,” said Abap executive director Ed Picson. “OK, we’re kicking ourselves that Bacho missed the semis train by one but he gave it his best. Next target, the finals! The going gets tougher, but our boys will go for it.”
The country’s gold medal hopes now ride on the performances of light flyweight Jade Bornea (49kgs), light welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial (64kgs), flyweight Ian Clark Bautista (52kgs), and lightweight James Palicte (60kgs).
Bornea faces Shatlykmyrat Myradov of Tukmenistan for a seat in the finals, Marcial meets Anvar Turamov of Uzbekistan, Bautista takes on Masaya Kobayashi of Japan, and Palicte tangles with Norobal Otgontumuk of Mongolia.
Ricky Vargas, president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and of Maynilad Water, says his spirit isn’t dampened by Bacho's loss.
“Our main focus here was to stage a successful tournament that our guests would remember fondly; from what we hear, we may have achieved that,” said Vargas. “But having four of our five boxers in the semis proves our grassroots development program is on the right track.”
Bornea, a bronze medalist in last year's World Youth Boxing Championship in Armenia, beat Rakhmankul Avatov of Kyrgyzstan, 16-6, in their quarterfinal bout; 2011 World Youth champion Marcial mastered China’s Wang Qingqui, 19-11; Bautista routed Kazakhstan’s Sagidyk Moldashev, 25-7; and Palicte nipped India’s Nagesh A Kharare, 10-7, in a tough defensive battle.
National coaches Romeo Brin, a three-time Olympian, and SEA Games veteran Elmer Pamisa both expressed confidence the four Filipino fighters under their stewardship will pull through.
Uzbekistan has seven boxers in the silver medal bout; Kazakhstan has five, the Philippines, Japan, China India four; Mongolia and Iran three; Iraq two, and Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, and Turkmenistan one each.
Shut out from the medal rounds are Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, Syria, Singapore, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Macau, North Korea and Nepal.
Myradov advanced by beating Iran’s Houman Taghanihoulari, 22-8; Turamov crushed Kyrgyzstan’s Izatillo Shermakhammadov, 28-9; Kobayashi plastered Turkmenistan’s Yazmyrat Gurbanov, 18-11; and Otgontumuk outclassed North Korea’s Hyok Jang, 22-7.