AFTER going four-of-four on opening day, the PLDT-ABAP national boxing team dropped two of their five assignments on the second day of the Taipei City International Boxing Tournament at the Taiwan Coliseum on Thursday.
Maricris Igam, campaigning in the 48-kilogram lightweight class, started things off on a positive note with a decisive 10-4 conquest of Mongolia’s Shinetsetseg Davaasuren in four rounds.
Irish Magno won her second straight bout in as many days in the flyweight class by beating Vietnam's Trin Thi Dem Kieu, 16-6, in the 48 kg division.
The first setback came when lightweight Janice Vallares succumbed to another Vietnamese, Le Thi Bang, 7-10.
The find from Bukidnon, Mario Fernandez, notched another impressive victory at the expense of Aboriginal Taiwanese Lin Wei-chieh, bucking a two-point penalty in the third round, to still win, 11-9, in the 56 kg bantamweight category.
Lightweight Darwin Tindahan was not so lucky, running into a shorter but accurate sniper Kenji Fujita of Japan who waylaid him, 17-7.
"Our objective here is to give our younger boxers a taste of international competition. It's a friendly tournament, but of course if we can pick up some medals we will go for it. We are happy to give our Team B boxers this opportunity", said Abap president Ricky Vargas.
"We also brought one of our 12 new international referees - Mark Abalos to his first international tournament. I hear he is also doing well,” he added.
Twelve countries are in this tournament including host Taipei and the Aboriginal Taiwanese, Japan, Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines.