SUBIC – Light flyweight Jade Bornea and light welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial advanced to the finals of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championship Friday with hard-earned victories over opponents from the former Soviet Republic.
Bornea, a bronze medalist in the World Youth Championship in Armenia last December, defeated Shatlykmyrat Myradov of Tukmenistan, 17-10, in their 49-kilogram semifinal bout, while Marcial, the reigning World Junior champion, wore down Uzbekistan’s Anvar Turamov, 17-10. in their 64 kg. clash.
The finals is set Saturday for 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.
Bornea faces the winner of the semifinal between India’s Lalitha Polipalli, who carries an AIB flag, and Kosei Tanaka of Japan. Marcial, on the other hand, goes up against either Hikaru Okishima of Japan or Batzorig Otgonjorgal of Mongolia.
Two other Filipinos are eyeing seats to the gold medal round: flyweight Ian Clark Bautista against Sagidyk Moldashev of Kazakhstan at 52 kilograms, and lightweight James Palicte against Nagesh Kharare of India at 60kgs.
“A great win by Jade and we will cheer for him today,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas. “But even louder cheers for the ABAP team that has been working hard for an efficient and properly run tournament. No major problems so far.”
Ed Picson, the ABAP executive director, beamed as well over the product of ABAP’s grassroots development program in Mindanao.
”Jade is living up to his reputation as a shifty, wily, switch-hitter,” said Picson. “A lot of people believe he’s a shoo-in for the gold. I’d rather wait for Saturday’s finals.”
Bornea kept the fleet-footed Myradov with snapping head shots, never allowing the Turkmenistan to get close enough and inflict much damage. He led, 5-3, in the first round and 12-7 after the second.
“Sobrang kundisyon na si Bornea. Di na kailangan bigyan ng maraming instructions,” said national coach and three-time Olympian Romeo Brin.
Marcial, who continues to adjust to a heavier weight class, went through some struggle to get past the Uzbek.
The final score seemed to indicate a rout, but Marcial had to draw deep to pull it off after a punishing first round exchange which saw him barely ahead, 5-4.
“Naubos ang lakas ko sa kakabira; napagod ako noong first round,” said Marcial. “Bumalik lang yung lakas ko nang marinig ko ang mga tao na sumisigaw ng ‘sige, suntok!’”
A staggering right hook sank Turamov on a knee in the second and Marcial slowly negotiated his way out of the roughs, 12-8.
“It was a tough fight although the score indicates otherwise,” said Picson. “Turamov was a solid boxer who took all of Eumir’s power bombs. He got in a few licks of his own after his fall but Marcial’s ring savvy and experience pulled him though.”