Ladon, Marcial inch closer to Rio Olympics qualifier

Mark Escarlote on Aug 30, 2015 10:25 PM
Ladon, Marcial inch closer to Rio Olympics qualifier
Felix Marcial won a close bout in the welterweight class to advance in the quarterfinals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championship late Sunday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rogen Ladon and Felix Marcial gave the small Philippine team a reason to smile after a gloomy start Sunday, winning in their respective weight class to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ladon dominated his Kyrgyzstan opponent Rakhmankul Avatov, 3-0, in the 49 kg. weight class while Singapore Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Marcial scored a 2-1 victory over No. 2 seed Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan in the welterweight (69kg.) class.

Ladon, a silver medalist in the Singapore SEA Games, dominated his opponent to advance in the next round, and just like Marcial, gets a step closer from securing a spot in the AIBA World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.

At stake in the Doha event are spots in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ladon and Marcial gave a ray of hope for the five-man Philippine team following the stunning 1-2 loss 2014 Incheon, South Korea Asian Games silver medalist Charly Suarez to Zakir Safiullin in the lightweight (60 kg.) division Saturday evening and a unanimous decision defeat of bantamweight Mario Fernandez to top seed Kairat Yeraliyev Sunday.

Fernandez, back-to-back SEA Games gold medalist and bronze medal winner in the 2014 Asian Games, opened a cut on Yeraliyev’s left eyebrow in the first round with heavy left hooks but couldn’t sustain his attacks as the lefty Kazakh fought his way back in the scorecards with crisp straights and jabs.

The second seed Suarez was aggressive from the opening bell, pinning his Kazakh rival with masterful barrage of punches and even flooring Safiullin in the second with a left. But the referee ruled it as a slip. 

The Kazakh threw desperate attacks in the third and Suarez fended him off by landing blows of his own. But in the end the judges favored Safiullin.

Meanwhile, flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, a gold medalist in the last SEA Games, will make his debut against Vietnam’s Throng Thai Bui on Monday.






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