• Gabuco loses to Chinese foe

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    Former world champion Josie Gabuco suffered a heartbreaking loss in the quarterfinals of the 2016 AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship light flyweight class (45-48 kgs.) on Tuesday at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    Gabuco lost to Chinese Wang Yuyan via unanimous decision.

    All the three judges namely Fernando Servide of Argentina, Jennifer Huggins of Canada and Vladislav Malyshe of Russia scored 39-37 in favor of the Chinese fighter.

    This will be the first time since 2005 that the Philippine team will be going home without a medal in the tournament organized by the International Boxing Federation.

    Two other Filipina boxers – AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship silver medalist Nesthy Petecio (flyweight category 51 kgs.) and Singapore Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Irish Magno (bantamweight division 54 kgs.) – also fell short in their respective weight classes.

    Petecio succumbed to Ez Zahraoui Zohra of Morocco via split decision, 1-2, while Magno had the same fate, losing via split decision, 1-2, over Bolortuul Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia

    The team bagged two bronzes medals in the 2005 edition in Russia and in 2006 in India then copped one silver and two bronzes in 2008 in Ningbo, China; one bronze in 2010 in Barbados; one gold courtesy of Gabuco in 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China; and one silver from Petecio in 2014 in South Korea.

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