Olympian Rogen Ladon asserted his mastery over the lesser-known Chaudahry Prem of Nepal to win by unanimous decision, 5-0, in a preliminary flyweight bout, as the Philippine checked its losing skid in the boxing competitions of the 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta Expo Boxing Hall, Sunday evening.
Ladon, also a veteran campaigner in the Asian circuit, did everything right from start to finish en route to the win that ended a three-bout setback for the Philippine National Boxing Team.
He will face Azat Mahmetov of Kazakhstan in the next round.
James Palicte bowed to Uzbek foe Abdurasulov Shunkor, who eked out a 5-0 unanimous decision in their men’s lightweight bout, earlier on Sunday.
Palicte, who clinched a silver medal in the recent Thailand Open, fell prey to the more aggressive Shunkor, whose most notable accomplishment was a bronze medal finish in the 2016 World Youth Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Irish Magno lost to Pang Chol Mi of North Korea via unanimous decision in the women’s flyweight round of 16 later in the evening.
Eumir Felix Marcial and Carlo Paalam will see action on Monday.
Three of the eight Filipino boxers entered in these Games fell by the wayside in the first two days of boxing.
First to fall on Friday was welterweight Joel Bacho who lost, 3-2, to Poshtiri Sajad Kazemzadeh of Iran, followed by Nesthy Petecio in an extremely controversial 3-2 loss in a women’s featherweight fight with China’s Yin Jun Hua.
On Saturday night, the Philippines took its most stinging blow in the event when bantamweight Mario Fernandez was knocked out cold in the first round by Iraq’s Jaafar Abdulridha Ali Al Sudani.