World Championships gold medalist Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio notched first-round victories in the women’s division of the 2013 China Open International Boxing Tournament at the Guizhou Gymnasium in Guiyang.
The tournament, sanctioned by the International Boxing Association, is using a format similar to the professional level with three judges, scoring 10 points in each round.
Gabuco won via unanimous decision over Russian fighter Zoia Isaeva in the flyweight class, booking a second-round meeting with London Olympics silver medalist and three-time world champion Ren Cancan of China.
Petecio also scored a unanimous decision win against Suvd Erdene Ouyngerel of Mongolia in the bantamweight class. She will face Liu Chang of China in the next round.
Two Filipino fighters, flyweight Roldan Boncales Jr. and welterweight Dennis Galvan, were eliminated by their Chinese counterparts in the men’s category.
Boncales lost to 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games silver medalist Chang Yong while Galvan bowed to Fu Kaisheng.
Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga will start his bid against Indian Naveen Kumar in light flyweight, Nico Magliquian battles Indian Ajay Kumar in bantamweight, and Junel Cantancio takes on Mauritius bet Colin John in lightweight class.
National coaches Pat Gaspi, Roel Velasco and Elias Recaido Jr. are overseeing the team’s campaign. EMIL C. NOGUERA