BAC NINH CITY. – Ian Clarke Bautista kicked off the campaign for the Philippine boxing team on Monday night with a one-sided unanimous victory over Mohammed Hanurdin Bin of Singapore as the men’s boxing event at the 31st Southeast Asian Games continues at Buck Nin Stadium.
Binalista, a 27-year-old veteran of Negros Occidental, controlled the three-round fight, punching the landing from all angles to get the approval of five judges and to advance to the men’s featherweight semifinals on Friday.
“We’ve taken a lot of training for this Southeast Asian Games, so we’re praying for more,” said Bautista, the 2019 bronze medalist. “I will do my best to sweep the bouts and hope to bring gold to our country.”
Bautista, a member of the Philippine team since 2009, will next face Sao in the Cambodian Ranges, who defeated Sheikh Rahmatullah of Malaysia in their quarter-finals.
Another Filipino from James Polikte advanced to the quarterfinals in a fight against Cambodian Touch David on Tuesday, defeating Vietnamese Vu Than Dat 4-1 in the men’s lightweight class.
Also on Tuesday, Thai Open champion and 2019 gold medalist Rosen Ladon is battling Malaysia’s Muhammad Abdul Qayyum in the men’s flyweight quarterfinals.
The Philippines lost at least one silver medal when the women’s middleweight class, where Hargey Bacadon competed, was canceled by the organizers due to a lack of participants.
Baekadan, a former wushu practitioner who is the current Thai Open champion, confirmed that only the Philippines and Vietnam have entered the division. To push through an event, at least four entries are required.
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