Bantamweight Mariano Fernandez dominated Guyana’s Imran Khan to give the Philippine team its third win in four outings in the Amateur International Boxing Association Championship in Almaty. Kazakhstan.
The 20-year-old Fernandez, shorter by about 4 inches than his rival, delivered three to four punch combinations to get the nod of the three judges, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 to score the win.
Earlier, Roldan Boncales and Mark Anthony Barriga beat their Guatemalan and Vietnamese rivals to move to the next round.
But Dennis Galvan lost to Gaybatullla Gadzhialiyev of Azerbaijan in the other bout.
Boncales was scheduled to face late Friday North Korea’s Ri Chung Il, who won the gold in the recent Korotkov Memorial Tournament in Khabarovsk, Russia.
Barriga returns to the ring on Saturday against No. 5 seed Yovani Vieira Soto of Cuba – also a London Olympian.
JOSEF T. RAMOS