The national junior boxing team earned two bronze medals in the 2016 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships held at the Astana Ice Palace in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.
Carlo Paalam of Cagayan de Oro City and Ranjo Gil Napoles of General Santos City settled for third-place finishes after absorbing setbacks against veteran foes in their respective semifinal bouts.
Paalam suffered a spilt decision defeat at the hands of Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament champion Otabek Kholmatov of Uzbekistan in the light flyweight class (49 kgs.).
The Filipino pug got the nod of one judge – Sergey Asanov of Belarus – who scored 29-28 but the two remaining judges – Sadegh Poor Farzad of Iran and Atsuo Fujisako of Japan – gave it to the Uzbek fighter with the same 30-27 decision.
Napoles, on the other hand, got a unanimous decision loss to the much-taller Ayatulla Takishanov of host Kazakhstan in the light welterweight (64 kgs.) of the tournament organized by the Asian Boxing Confederation and sanctioned by the International Boxing Association.
The three judges – Sasaki Yasutaka of Japan, Jongwoo An of South Korea and Khas-Erdene Khishgee of Mongolia – all scored 30-27 in favor of the Kazakh bet.
Besides Paalam and Napoles, the other members of the team were Mario Jaga (bantamweight – 56 kgs.) and former ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ronald Chavez Jr. (lightweight – 60 kgs.), who bowed out of contention in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
Some 115 boxers from 18 countries participated in the competition.
Kazkahstan bagged the overall title with six gold and two bronze medals followed by Uzbekistan with three golds, three silvers and one bronze, and Japan with one gold and two bronzes.
EMIL C. NOGUERA