The national boxing team bagged one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup Boxing Tournament held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Reigning Southeast Asian Games champion and former AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship gold medalist Eumir Felix Marcial won the lone gold medal for the country after topping the men’s middleweight division.
The 21-year-old Marcial posted a unanimous decision win over Chinese Jan Xo Ja in the gold-medal match of the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Boxing Confederation and International Boxing Federation.
It was Marcial’s third win against a Chinese bet after ousting Hu Richbilige in the quarterfinals and Zhan Chao Feng in the semifinals.
He earned an opening-round bye.
Not as lucky was Rio Olympics veteran Rogen Ladon who suffered a split decision loss to Gan-Erdene Ganhuyag of host Mongolia in the championship round of the men’s light flyweight class.
Incheon Asian Games silver medalist Charly Suarez (men’s light welterweight) and Riza Pasuit (women’s lightweight) settled for bronzes after losing in their respective semifinals matches on Saturday.
Suarez absorbed a stunning 2-3 loss to hometown bet Bayarkhuu Ganbaatar while Pasuit bowed to Russian Natalya Chandrina (0-5).
The other members of the team were Jeorge Rey Edusma (men’s bantamweight), Daniel Maamo (men’s flyweight) and Judelyn Casin (women’s flyweight) – who were booted out in the quarterfinals.
Edusma was beaten by Ho Nam Jo of North Korea (1-4), Maamo fell to Gandulam Mungun-Erdene of Mongolia (2-3) and Casin lost to Altantsetseg Lutsaikhan of Mongolia (1-4).
The team’s participation in the tournament was part of its preparation for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games to be held from August 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) aims to retain the overall title in boxing competition.
In the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, the Filipino boxers won five gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
Recently, the team got one gold, one silver and one bronze in the 2017 President’s Cup – Elite International Boxing Championship held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
“We are confident that the boys are going to peak at the right time both for the World Championships and the SEA Games. August is still about two months away and we still have some planned exposures for our boxers,” said ABAP President Ricky Vargas.