SUBIC – Philippine light flyweight Jade Bornea and light welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships on Wednesday after dominating opponents at the Subic gym.
Bornea shredded Rakhmankul Avatov of Kyrgyzstan, 16-6, in the 49kg division, while World Youth champion Marcial whipped China’s Wang Qingqui, 19-11, in the 64kg division.
Three other Filipinos were to climb the ring at posting time, eyeing seats to the semifinals: flyweight Bautista against Sagidyk Moldashev of Kazakhstan at 52 kilograms, bantamweight Jonas Bacho against Nursuitan Nisanbaev of Uzbekistan at 56kgs, and lightweight James Palicte against Nagesh A Kharare of India at 60kgs.
Marcial was held to a close match, 4-all, after failing to gain headway in the first round.
“Binasa ko lang muna yung galaw niya,” said Marcial, a fourth year high school student at University of Baguio. “Binantayan ko lang din yung straight niya para maka-counter ako.”
Heavier by more than 10 pounds from the time he won the gold in Kazakhstan two years ago, Marcial added the extra weight still required getting used to.
“Parang naninibago pa ako kaya medyo bumagal ako kesa noon,” he said.
Marcial, who weathered at least one hard straight to the face, will take on Anvar Turamov of Uzbekistan in the semifinals. The Uzbek crushed Kyrgyzstan’s Izatillo Shermakhammadov, 18-9.
Bornea, the World Junior bronze medal winner from General Santos City, will face Turkmenistan’s Shatlykyrat Myradov – an 11-8 winner over Iran’s Houman Myradovi in the other quarterfinal fight – on Friday for a place in the gold medal round.
“Nakuha ko agad sa umpisa pa lang kasi maliit siya kaya madaling tamaan,” said Bornea, also a high school senior at UB. “Kailangan lang dumistansiya ng kaunti.”
Attacking furiously from the opening bell, Bornea took the first round, 8-1 and built it up to 15-4 going to the third 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.
“Dominado ang kalaban niya, kontrolado yung laro,” said national coach and three-time Olympian Romeo Brin.
“Tapos sinubukan nilang pumasok noong second at third nang malaman nila na talo sila sa score pero yun nga ang gusto ni Bornea e,” Brin added.