Pinoy boxers bag 4 medals in China Open

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The national boxing team will be going home with one gold, one silver and two bronzes it earned in the 2016 China Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guiyang, China.

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Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championship gold medalist James Palicte delivered the country’s lone gold as he stunned hometown bet Wang Sen in the final round of the men’s lightweight (60 kgs.) via 2-1 split decision.

Judges Zeng Chaomu of Macau and Ho Goechuen of South Korea both scored 29-28 in favor of Palicte while Taiwanese Liu Ming-Li had it 29-28 for the Chinese pug.

Palicte made it to the gold-medal match after scoring unanimous decision victories over Kanat Koptleuov of Kazakhstan (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) and Batkhuu Otgonchuluun of Mongolia (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

Philippine National Open champion Joel Bacho settled for the runner-up honors after suffering a 0-3 loss to Hurizha Biliger of China in the men’s welterweight (53 kgs.) of the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Boxing Confederation and International Boxing Association.

Taiwan’s Chan Hung-Ming and Mongolia’s Badrakh Ganbold registered the same 29-28 decision while Singapore’s Arnagirenathan Vadivel got 30-27 – all for the Chinese bet.

The bronzes were from Mario Bautista and Dannel Maamo Garcia, who lost in their respective semifinal matches.

Bautista succumbed to Kim Juseong of South Korea (28-29, 28-29, 30-27) in the men’s bantamweight (56 kgs.) while Garcia bowed to Chang Yong of China (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) in the men’s flyweight (52 kgs.).

The other members of the team were Indonesia Southeast Asian Games champion Dennis Galvan (light welterweight, 64 kgs.) and Aira Villegas (women’s flyweight, 48-51 kgs.), who were beaten by Chinese fighters Wang Gang (1-2) and Chang Yuan (0-3), respectively.

Host China bagged the overall title with nine gold medals while South Korea claimed two golds, and Kazakhstan and the Philippines earned one gold each.

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