SUBIC – The Philippine team struck gold four times in the recent 24-nation ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.
Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista taught famed Uzbekistan fighter Mirazizbek Murzahalilov on the sweet science, 19-10, at 52 kilograms, while light flyweight Jade Bornea solved the riddle that is Japan’s Kosei Tanaka in the third round, 15-13, for the country’s first two gold medals in the finals held last March 16 at the Subic gym.
“Tinantiya ko yung mga suntok niya noong first round, e kaya ko pala,” said Bautista, who dominated the Uzbek with punishing hooks and combinations.
Bautista took the first round, 6-3, and put the match away in the second, 13-6. “Ibang saya ang nararamdaman ko kasi dito sa ’tin ginawa ang laban,” he also said.
Later, Bornea needed all the concentration he could muster to decipher his Japanese opponent.
“Buti nakasilip din ako ng pagakakataon noong third round,” said Bornea.
The first two rounds went with neither boxer having the edge, 3-3 and 8-8. But Bornea, bronze medalist in last December’s World Youth Championship in Armenia, finally got through with his vaunted right straight, connecting decisively to gain the judges’ nod in the ferocious exchange that marked the third round for the winning margin.
In afternoon, lightweight James Palicte made it a triple gold finish for Team RP in the tournament supported 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, Nestle Philippines, and Trame Oil & Environmental Specialist.
Against Chinese Liu Xiaoshuai at 60 kgs, Palicte crafted a hard-fought 17-13 victory. Liu put up a gallant stand and kept the scores close in the first two round, 5-4 and 10-9, before losing steam in the third.
World Junior champion Eumir Felix Marcial then brought the country’s maiden hosting to a resounding climax by bagging the fourth gold, outclassing Mongolia’s Bartzorig Otgonjorgal, 29-12, at 64 kgs, riddling the Mongolian throughout with rapid fire head shots. (MB)