15 March 2013

4 PH boxers make semis

Four Filipino boxers have punched their way into the semifinals of the 2013 Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships set for Friday at the Subic Freeport gym.

The only Filipino to lose was bantamweight Jonas Bacho, who fell to the resilient Nursuitan Nisanbaev of Uzbekistan in their 56kg quarterfinal fight late Wednesday and lost by a slim 9-8 margin.

The quest for gold will continue through light flyweight Jade Bornea (49kgs), light welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial (64kgs), flyweight Ian Clark Bautista (52kgs), and lightweight James Palicte (60kgs).

Ricky Vargas, president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines and of Maynilad Water, said his spirit isn’t dampened by the loss.

The former Philippine Basketball Association chairman Vargas and ABAP chairman Manny Pangilinan told the Manila Standard they will take a helicopter to Subic over the weekend to watch the competition. (Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard Today)