Wilfredo Lopez, Ian Clark Bautista win opening round bouts in Asian Games boxing
Ian Clark Bautista, with coach Romeo Brin at the Seonhak Gymnasium, got the nod from all three judges.

INCHEON, South Korea — Wilfredo Lopez and Ian Clark Bautista outpointed their rivals on Thursday to reach the round of 16 of the boxing competitions in the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium.

Lopez emerged a 2-1 winner over Aziz Achilov of Turkmenistan in the middleweight class, while Bautista proved too much for Mohamad Shamon of Jordan, pounding out a 3-0 win in the flyweight division.

The two joined countrymen Mario Fernandez and Charly Suarez, who also posted big wins in the opening rounds of the lightweight and bantamweight divisions, respectively, on Wednesday.

Lopez, 19, wisely used his height advantage and longer reach to keep Achilov at bay while delivering straights and the South Korean and Irish judges both scored it 29-28 for the Filipino. The Tunisian judge scoring it 29-28 for the fighter from Turkmenistan.

Bautista, 20, had no problems with the three judges who saw him the clear winner by scores of 29-26, 29-25, 29-27.

Lopez, who won the silver medal in last year’s Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, advanced against veteran Abdulridha Waheed, 31, of Iraq who stunned South Koran bet Kim Daehwan 3-0.

Bautista will next face South Korean Choe Sangdon, who ousted Kinley Gyeltshen of Bhutan, 3-0.

Fernandez, 21, who asserted his supremacy over SEA Games rival Doncha Thathi of Thailand, returns to the ring on Friday against Puran Rai of Nepal, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.

Coach Nolito Velasco said Fernandez should have no trouble beating Rai, who beat Hassan Sharahili of Saudi Arabia on his way to the round-of-16.

Suarez, who beat Elnur Abduraimov of Uzbekistan, also eyes a quarterfinal berth when he battles Purna Bahadur Lama of Nepal, who raised some eyebrows when he stopped Akhil Kumar of India at the 1:34 mark of the third round.

Light welterweight Dennis Galvan fights Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia on Sunday.

Women fighters Jose Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio begin their campaign on Saturday against Lin Yu Ting of Chinese-Taipei and Gulzhaina Ubbinizayova of Kazakhstan, respectively.

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