SUBIC – The PLDT-ABAP national team narrowly won its opening bout in the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships at the Subic gym, and by the slimmest of margins, took the second.
The third was a walk in the park though as the Phlippines went 3-for-3 in the first round.
Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista showboated his way to the brink of defeat and only a countback in his 52-kilogram first round bout with India’s Kavinder Bisht saved him and the country’s five-man team from going one less right on Day One.
The score was 10-all at the end of three rounds, with Bautista actually trailing, 10-9, before staggering his opponent with a right counter in the closing seconds to force the countback.
Bautista prevailed in the individual score of the five judges, 33-30.
National coach Romeo Brin said Bautista’s youth and inexperience got the better of him.
“Medyo naninibago pa sa ganitong laban kaya naging pabaya ng konti, pero mako-correct din naman yon sa next fights niya,” said the former Olympian.
Lightweight James Palicte made no such mistake in his 60kg bout with Japan’s Yuuta Akiyama, erecting an early advantage that cushioned a late surge by the Japanese, 11-9.
Late in the evening, World Youth champion Eumir Felix Marcial stopped Turkmenistan’s Shamurat Cherkezov at the 2:02 mark of the second round in their 64kg light welterweight clash, an RSC decision that was welcome news to the nerve-frayed RP delegation.
Two other Filipino boxers – Jonas Bacho (56kgs/bantamweight) and World Junior bronze medalist Jade Bornea (49kgs/light flyweight) – drew byes and will make their debut Tuesday in the competition for 17-18 year olds, a 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, Coca-Cola Bottlers, and Nestle Philippines.