EUMIR Felix Marcial, Rogen Ladon and Mario Fernandez scored victories to make it five Filipinos in the quarterfinals of the Olympic qualifying event in Qian'An City in Hebei, China.
Lightweight Charly Suarez and women’s lightweight Nesthy Petecio came up with wins on Monday to lead the way for Filipinos into the quarterfinals of the Asian-Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Event at the Tangshan Jiujiang Sports Center.
Marcial, seeded No. 1 in the welterweight class, lived up to his billing with a third-round technical knockout of Australia’s Kori Istafanos.
Istafanos tried to keep his distance but Marcial connected on several huge punches. Hungarian lady referee Veronika Szuchs stopped the fight after the second standing 8 count.
Light flyweight Rogen Ladon, a bronze medalist in the World Championships in Doha last year, had his hands full with his Japanese foe Tosho Kashiwasaki but got a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 decision.
Bantamweight Mario Fernandez, a back-to-back Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, proved too much for Turkmenistan's Yakub Meredov, getting similar 30-27 scores from the three judges.
Roldan Boncales lost to Oizhas Sattibayev of Kazakhstan in the flyweight division, the judges scoring the bout all for the Kazakh fighter, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.
Ladon takes on Iraq’s Al-Kaabi on Tuesday, Fernandez battles Jordan’s Alwadi, Suarez faces India’s Dheeraj, Marcial squares off with Iran’s Kazemzadehposhtiri and Petecio fights five-time world champion Mery Kom Hmangte of India.
The top three boxers in the men's weight divisions and the top two in the women's classes book a ticket each to the Rio Olympics in August.