PH kisses world championship medal hope goodbye as Dannel Maamo bows to Cuban foe
Dannel Maamo (second from left) followed teammate Rogen Ladon to the exit after bowing to a Cuban foe in the 17th AIBA World Championships.

HAMBURG, Germany – The Philippines kissed its bid in the 17th AIBA World Championship goodbye as Dannel Maamo lost in his flyweight round-of-16 bout to Cuban top seed Yosvany Veitia late Monday in the 17th AIBA World Championship at the Sporthalle.

All five judges from Algeria, Trinidad/Tobago, Canada, Germany and India awarded the decision to the 25-year-old Cuban, who settled for the silver two years ago in Qatar and ended up with the bronze in 2013.

Maamo's quest was hit badly by the two points deducted by the Russian referee on the Filipino for two low blows in the second round alone.

The Filipino, seeing action in his first world championship meet, dug to the body of Veitia in the first round and probably thought he was finding his range and rhythm.

But his desire to send the Cuban packing overwhelmed him so much that Maamo's two wicked blows went south of the border, sending the favoured Caribbean fighter grimacing in pain while holding onto his crotch.

Maamo actually started well as he scored on rapid-fire shots to the Cuban’s ribcage at ring centre in the opening round.

Even in the third, sensing that he badly needs a knockout win, Maamo managed to land some punches.

Still, Veitia had too much experience for the 21-year-old Maamo.

Maamo's loss sent the Philippines without a fighter to watch out for in the remaining days following the early exit of fancied light-fly Rogen Ladon.

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