Indonesia Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Dennis Galvan became the first Filipino casualty in the AIBA (International Boxing Association) World Elite Men’s Championships being held at the Baluan Sholak Palace of Sports in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Galvan absorbed a 0-3 unanimous loss at the hands of 10th pick Gaybatullah Gadzhialiyev of Azerbaijan in the light welterweight class of the tournament participated in by some 400 boxers from 100 countries.
The three judges scored it 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 in favor of the Azerbaijan bet.
Up next for the Philippine squad is London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga who will be meeting 2011 SEA Games silver medalist Ngoc Huynh of Vietnam in the light-flyweight division. The match was scheduled on Wednesday night.
In the 2011 edition held in Azerbaijan, Barriga made it to the third round but fell short against eventual champion Zou Shiming of China.
On Thursday night, Mario Fernandez plunges into action when he fights Imran Khan of Guyana in the first round of the bantamweight event.
Opening round winner Roldan Boncales will also continue his campaign in the flyweight event as he battles North Korean Ri Chung Il, who earned a first-round bye. Boncales shocked 2008 Beijing Olympic Games veteran Eddie Barillas of Guatemala on Tuesday.