FILIPINO Rogen Ladon defeated an awkward Iraqi boxer Naser Hasan on Thursday to advance in the next round of 27th Asian Elite Men’s Championships at the Amman Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.
Ladon, who substituted for the injured London Olympic light flyweight bet Mark Anthony Bariga, was aggressive enough in the entire fight to earn a unanimous 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 score from the three judges.
The Bago City boxer delivered a huge performance in the first round with cat-quick, side-stepping moves and counter-punches that frustrated the 21-year-old Iraqi.
Ladon joins 2010 Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar in the roster of winners in this tournament which attracted boxers from 27 Asian countries. Saludar earlier notched two wins in the first two days of the competition.
Debuting Thursday are lightweight Junel Cantancio, who just over a week ago snatched the silver medal in the prestigious China Open in Guiyang, China. He faces veteran Ardee Sailom of Thailand.
In the same card, Bantamweight Mario Fernandez faces a tough opponent in Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan.
Saludar goes up again in Friday’s flyweight quarterfinals against Thai Tanes Ongjunta.
Ladon will next see action on Saturday against tough Temerlas Zhussupov of Kazakhstan.
The tournament ends Monday.
JOSEF T. RAMOS