The Philippines copped one gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the 2014 Lion’s Cup International Boxing Championships held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Mario Fernandez claimed the country’s lone gold as he topped the men’s bantamweight division. He defeated Manju Wanniarchchi of Sri Lanka in the semifinals then toppled Yu Che Li of Taiwan in the finals.

    Ian Clark Bautista (men’s flyweight) and Nesthy Petecio (women’s lightweight), on the other hand, got the silver medals in the tournament that drew some 60 boxers from 11 countries.

    Bautista bowed to Anuruddha Rathnayake of Sri Lanka while Petecio succumbed to Tassmalee Thongjan of Thailand in their respective final round matches.

    Bautista made it to the finals by ousting PD Suresh of Sri Lanka in the semifinals while Petecio overpowered Chia Ling Chen of Taiwan to advance to the finals.

    Former world junior champion Eumir Felix Marcial settled for bronze after losing to Okwin Raytow Nduku of Kenya in the semifinals of the men’s welterweight class.

    Host Sri Lanka took the overall title with six gold medals while the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Kenya and Taiwan bagged one gold each.

    The tournament was part of the team’s preparation for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea scheduled on September 19 to October 4.

    The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is aiming to surpass its one-gold, one-silver, one-bronze haul in the 2010 edition held in Guangzhou, Chin.


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