Two PH Boxers See Action in Asian Junior Opener
Palarong Pambansa and Batang Pinoy standouts Criz Russu Laurente and John Vincent Pangga seek quarterfinal berths in their respective weight categories as the 2017 ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships starts Wednesday in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
Laurente faces China’s Cai Yujun in the 48 kg light flyweight class while Pangga battles Uzbekistan’s Amirbek Ibodulloev in the 50 kg flyweight division as part of the scheduled 32 bouts in the opening day of the competition set at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.
Kenneth De la Pena and Norlan Petecio are assured of quarterfinal spots slated Friday after drawing byes in the 44-46 kg pinweight and 60 kg lightweight divisions, respectively.
De la Pena will face the winner of Thursday’s preliminary match between India’s Soy Selay and Japan’s Ruka Tagawa while Petecio faces either Iraq’s Alhasan Al-Dhuwayhir or Uzbekistan’s Sherzod Kodirboev.
142 boxers and 70 officials from 18 Asian countries have converged in the coastal city for the tournament hosted by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, Smart and Maynilad
Laurente and Pangga hope to stand out in the 15-16 year old competition after producing impressive resumes in local tourneys.
Hailing from General Santos City, Laurente will look to continue the family tradition that saw his older brothers Criz Sander winning best boxer honors in the 2015 Asian Junior tilt and Criztian Pitt achieving gold and best boxer honirs in last year’s Children of Asia International Games in Russia.
Criz Russu won gold in the 2016 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City and the 2017 Palaro in Antique last April.
Pangga of Cagayan de Oro City ruled the light paperweight class of the 2016 Palaro held in Albay, De la Pena won the light pinweight class of last year’s Batang Pinoy while Petecio, younger brother of veteran female pug Nesthy, claimed the 60 kg class in the PSC-ABAP Juniors Championships in Cebu City last May.
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