Laurente Falls to Kazakh Foe in Quarters
Criz Russu Laurente absorbed a quarterfinal loss to Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan in the 48 kg light flyweight division Thursday to bow out of the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championship in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
Laurente was aiming for a fitting follow-up to his victory in Wednesday’s preliminaries, but four of the five judges gave the verdict to his Kazakh foe to become the first Filipino eliminated in the 15-16 year old Asian competition.
The Batang Pinoy and Palarong Pambansa standout opened his campaign in the tournament hosted by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) with a unanimous decision win over China’s Cai Yujun.
He looked poised to progress in the last four of the five-day competition after a solid first round, but Sabyrkhan wore down Laurente in the next two to claim a split decision victory.
The defeat also denied Laurente a chance to showcase his skills in front of his parents, who were due to arrive Sunday along with Bobby Pacquiao from General Santos City.
Three Filipinos were left to carry the fight in the tournament supported by Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez, City Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, Maynilad, PLDT, Wesing, Meralco, Meralco One Foundation, Philippine Airlines, San Miguel Corporation and Hotel Centro Puerto Princesa.
They are John Vincent Pangga in the 50 kg flyweight, Kenneth De la Pena in the 44-46 pinweight and Norlan Petecio in the 60 kg lightweight.
Pangga was scheduled to face United Arab Emirates’ Saif Alkharoosi, De la Pena meeting India’s Soy Selay and Petecio taking on Sherzod Kodirboev in Friday’s quarters.
Catch day 3 of the event on ABAP’s YouTube Channel, or by playing the video bellow: