Pinoy boxers Ladon, Maamo semifinals-bound in ASBC tournament

Pinoy boxers Ladon, Maamo semis-bound in ASBC tournament
Filipino Olympian boxer Rogen Ladon - in red - is one of two Pinoy boxers to advance to the semifinals of the ASBC Asian Elite Championships in Uzbekistan (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Filipino amateur boxers Rogen Ladon and Daniel Maamo have broken through into the semifinals of their respective weight divisions in the 2017 Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Asian Elite Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. 

2016 Rio Olympian Ladon, who fights in the light flyweight division (49kg), got past Syria's Hussin Al Masri, who was disqualified for repetitive 'ducking' infractions after the second round. 

20-year old flyweight Dannel Maamo on the other hand, was anything but 'maamo' as he dominated Sri Lankan opponent Bandara en route to a 5:0 decision. 

The semifinals will take place on Friday, May 7th, with Ladon taking on Mongolia's Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene, and Maamo facing off against Korean Kim In-Kyu. 

In addition to making the final four, Ladon and Maamo both qualify for the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany later this year. 

The Philippine contingent to the Asian Elite Championships started out with six members, namely Ladon, Maamo, Mario Bautista, James Palicte, Joel Bacho, and Eumir Marcial. 

Bautista, Palicte, and Bacho were all ousted in their second preliminary matches, while Marcial advanced to the quarterfinals along with Ladon and Maamo. In the quarters, Marcial fell to hometown fighter Israil Madrimov via a 5:0 decision. 

As a result of making it into the quarterfinals, Marcial will have another chance to qualify for the World Championships. 

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