Rogen Ladon upset by Kazakh foe as Daniel Maamo left to carry fight for PH in AIBA world meet
Rogen Ladon in action during the Rio Olympics. Jerome Ascano

HAMBURG, Germany – The Philippine team to the 17th AIBA World Championships is down to one man as Olympian Rogen Ladon was upset by Zhomart Yerzhan of Kazkahstan Sunday in their round-of-16 match at the Sporthalle here.

Ladon, bronze medalist in the same tournament in Qatar two years ago, found Yerzhan not only tough but a rough opponent as well.

The referee repeatedly cautioned Yerzhan for clinching and using his arms to ward off Ladon but went on to score a split decision win in a closely-fought bout and advanced in the quarterfinals of the meet.

Ladon, who saw action in last year’s Rio De Janeiro Olympics, was given a free ride to the round-of-16 as he was seeded fifth in the division.

The loss leaves flyweight Dannel Maamo as the only remaining medal hope for the Philippines.

But Maamo has to clear a major roadblock when he sees action Monday against Cuban top seed Yosvany Veitia.

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