SUBIC – World Junior Boxing Championship bronze medalist Jade Bornea has had his revenge, but only narrowly.
Away from the freezing temperature of Armenia where he lost a close decision in the semifinals three months ago, Bornea knocked down a third time Uzbekistan tormentor Murodjon Akhmadaliev in their 49kg light flyweight division preliminary bout Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships at the Subic gym.
“Nakabawi na rin,” said Bornea, ahead after two rounds in the World Juniors, but who lost steam from the cold and a serious bout of cough.
Still their rematch could have gone either way.
With the Uzbek hitting the canvas on two occasions in the first round and Bornea going down twice in the second, the Filipino needed a closing flurry to avert another heartbreaking setback, connecting on a hard right straight that sent Akhmadaliev down for a referee-stopped-contest (RSC) decision in the 2:17 mark in the third.
ABAP executive director Ed Picson was thrilled with the victory.
“Bornea is one of our candidates for a medal finish in this tournament, so it was doubly pleasant for him to win against Akhmadaliev,” said Picson. “Jade told me after he lost to the Uzbek (in Armenia) that he felt he could beat him if only he had not contracted a bad case of cold and cough that day.”
After taking successive eight-counts in the second, Bornea, who briefly abandoned his defensive stance to the shock of national coach and three-time Olympian Romeo Brin, came through in the third.
“Yung kanan naman talaga ang pang-bira niya e,” said Brin. “Buti naman umangat na rin yung depensa niya noong third round.”
Elmer Pamisa, a member of the PLDT-ABAP national team coaching staff, said Bornea knew defeat was not an option in the fight.
“Ang pina-isip namin ke Bornea, for the gold medal na yung laro na ‘yon kasi yun talaga ang pinakamatibay niyang kalaban sa division,” said Pamisa.
Bornea will next face Kyrgyzstan’s Rakhmankul Avatov, who won, 11-7, over Bangladesh’s Ariful Islam earlier for a spot in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, reigning world youth champion Eumir Felix Marcial faces China’s Wang Qingqui in the 64-kg quarterfinals Wednesday.
The winner in the 64-kilogram light welterweight clash advances to the silver medal bout of the 10-division 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.
Three other members of the PLDT-ABAP national team were to see action in the second round of preliminaries at post time Tuesday night: Ian Clark Bautista versus China’s Lin Wei Lu in the 52kg flyweight class; Jonas Bacho against Sri Lanka’s Ruchira Gunasena in the 56kg bantamweight category; and James Palicte against Kazakhstan’s Askhat Nametkerim in the 60kg lightweight division