By TITO S. TALAO
SUBIC, Philippines – Reigning world youth light welterweight champion Eumir Felix Marcial faces China’s Wang Qingqui in the quarterfinal round Wednesday of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships at the Subic gym.
The winner in the 64-kilogram clash advances to the silver medal bout of the 10-division 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.
Marcial won via Referee-Stopped-Contest (RSC) decision in the second round over Turkmenistan’s Shamurat Cherkezov Tuesday. Fighting next, Wang then dominated Chinese-Taipei’s Wei tse Hsiao, 20-9, to set up the slambang quarterfinal showdown.
Four other members of the PLDT-ABAP national team were to see action in the second round of preliminaries Tuesday afternoon to evening.
World Junior bronze medalist Jade Bornea gets a rematch with tormentor and silver medal winner Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the 49kg light flyweight division; Ian Clark Bautista meets China’s Lin Wei Lu in the 52kg flyweight class; Jonas Bacho debuts against Sri Lanka’s Ruchira Gunasena in the 56kg bantamweight category; and James Palicte meets Kazakhstan’s Askhat Nametkerim in the 60kg lightweight division.
Bautista narrowly beat India’s Kavinder Bisht via countback, tying the score, 10-all, on a late left cross counterpunch, while Palicte scrambled past Japan’s Yuuta Akiyama, 11-9.
Lin, meantime, outpointed Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro, 8-4, while Nametkerim won via countback over Syria’s Ahmad Ghossoun, 34-31, after they came out tied, 15-all, at the end of three rounds.
Ghossoun, one of three Syrian boxers competing, fell on his knees and wept after the referee raised Nametkerim’s hand.
The Philippines, India and Kazahstan each has three advancing past the first round of the tournament for boxers 17 and 18 years of age. Japan, Mongolia, China, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan have two, and Chinese-Taipei, Iran, Jordan, Turkmenistan, and Iran one apiece.
A one-hour opening ceremony between two preliminary rounds Tuesday afternoon had Dr. ChjingKuo Wu, president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Ricky Vargas, president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, welcoming all participants and thanking those who supported the country’s hosting of the prestigious event.
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