Two Filipino boxers gun for spots in the semifinals of the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships being held at the Thammasat University Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Children of Asia Games winner and 2016 Best Asian Junior Boxer Criztian Pitt Laurente and James Ian Solis take on their respective Indian foes in the quarterfinals of the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Boxing Confederation and International Boxing Association.
Laurente battles Muhammed Etash Khan in the boys’ bantamweight while Solis takes on Sachin in the boys’ light flyweight.
One more member of the national junior boxing team was booted out of contention after Milenino Anduyan suffered a unanimous decision loss to Bayarkhuu Bunyandalai of Mongolia in the quarterfinals of the boys’ flyweight category.
All five judges – Antonin Gaspar of the Czech Republic (29-28), Vadivel Arngirenathan of Singapore (29-28), Zhang Guo of China (29-28), Engineer Kavasiji Farhad of India (30-27) and Muesooriya Rachka of Sri Lanka (29-28) – scored in favor of the Mongolian bet.
Anduyan was the second Filipino casualty in the tournament following the first-round exit of Ronald Chavez Jr. in the boys’ light welterweight.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines national team coach Ronald Chavez Sr. remains optimistic of the team’s chances as Laurente and Solis aim to barge into the medal round.
If Laurente and Solis win, they will be assured of a bronze medal.
Recently, the national senior boxing team claimed one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup Boxing Tournament held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.