Five Pinoy pugs advance to AIBA Olympic Qualifiers Quarterfinals
Santino Honasan on Mar 29, 2016 11:54 AM
At the training room of Tanshan Sports Center, Qian'An, China. From left, coach Romeo Brin, Eumir Marcial, Rogen Ladon, Charly Suarez, Nesthy Petecio, Roldan Boncales, Mario Fernandez & coaches Nolito & Roel Velasco (Photo courtesy of Ed Picson)
2015 SEA Games Gold Medalist Eumir Felix Marcial scored a knockout while four other Filipino boxers all picked up decision wins to advance into the Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Qian’an, China and move one step closer to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Marcial, who began his campaign in the Round of 16, looked to be in usual form as he scored a third round TKO stoppage over Australia’s Istafanos Kori. Marcial was leading on points, 20-18 on all three scorecards before the stoppage. The top-seeded welterweight (69 KG) will meet Iran’s Sajjad Kazemzadeh in the quarters. Kazemzadeh defeated Papua New Guinea’s Andrew Aisaga via Unanimous Decision in the Round of 16.
Men’s Light Flyweight (49 KG) bet Rogen Ladon, who also began his campaign in the Round of 16, broke into the quarterfinals after scoring a Unanimous Decision win over Japan’s Tosho Kashiwasaki. Ladon won on all three of the judges’ scorecards, 29-27. He now takes on Iraq’s Hassan Ali, who’s got a bit of momentum behind him after scoring a quick first round TKO win over Abdulla Al-Mulla of the United Arab Emirates.
In the Men’s Bantamweight (56 KG) division, Mario Fernandez dominated Turkmenistan’s Yakub Meredov, en route to a Unanimous Decision win for a slot in the quarters. Fernandez won on all three scorecards, 30-27. Up next for Fernandez is Jordan’s Muhammad Al-Wadi, who also picked up a Unanimous Decision win over Australian Jayden Hansen in the Round of 16.
As previously reported, Men’s Lightweight (60 KG) bet Charly Suarez and lone Pinay representative, Women’s Flyweight (51 KG) bet Nesthy Petecio also broke into the quarterfinals after defeating their respective foes.
The only casualty for the Pinoy contingent was Men’s Flyweight (52 KG) competitor Roldan Boncales Jr., who fell to Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev via Unanimous Decision. It was a close fight for Boncales, as the cards read 28-29, 28-29, and 27-30, in favor of the Kazakh representative.