Ladon, Pasuit, Bacyadan gold sack in Thailand Open
Phuket, Thailand – Filipino boxers Rogen Ladon, Riza Pasuit and Hergie Bacyadan picked up gold medals to lead the Philippines’ triumphant campaign at the 2022 Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament at the chic Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort Hotel here on Saturday.
Defending Southeast Asian Games flyweight king Ladon was given the nod by three judges for a 3-2 split decision upset over the defense of the Asian Games title roster and winner of the AIBA World Championships 2019 Amit Panghal of India.
Ladon, a veteran of the Rio Olympics, fought methodically for points in the first two rounds before surviving a late flurry from Amit in the final round.
Later, 2019 SEA Games silver medalist Pasuit dictated the tempo from the start with a solid backlash against Italy’s Alessia Mesiano to lead the women’s lightweight division.
“I’m very happy. I was expecting Rogen’s experience to come out today. As for Riza, she’s a very good counter-puncher and a great boxer going forward,” said the manager. head coach of the Philippine boxing team Don Abnett, who is accompanied by coaches Roel Velasco, Ronald Chavez, Reynaldo Galido and Mitchel Martinez.
Bacyadan, a wushu athlete turned boxer, capped the national boxing team’s successful stint with another gold medal after outscoring Vietnamese Tran Thi Oanh Nhi 5-0 in the women’s middleweight division.
Apart from the medals, Ladon, Pasuit and Bacyadan also received USD 2,000 (over PHP 100,000) each as the top finishers in the tournament organized by the Thai Boxing Association headed by its President and Chairman of the Asian Boxing Federation. , Pichai Chunhavajira.
Meanwhile, Ian Clark Bautista (men’s featherweight) and Aira Villegas (women’s flyweight) settled for silver after falling short against higher-ranked opponents Serik Termizhanov of Kazakhstan and Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam.
With the three gold and two silver medals, the PH boxing team has already eclipsed its medal tally in the 2019 edition (1 gold, 1 bronze) and the 2018 iteration (1-1- 2 gold-silver-bronze) when they took the championship together. with the host country.
“I think we have exceeded our expectations because, as you know, our boxers are coming out of a long period of inactivity. We are satisfied with the current situation,” the president of the Association of Boxing Alliances told reporters. Philippines (ABAP), Ed. Picson, who leads the Philippine delegation with General Secretary Marcus Manalo.
After the Thailand Open joined by 14 federations from Asia, Europe and Oceania, Picson said the Filipino Pugs will return to Muak Lek training camp to resume their preparation for the 31st Asian Games of the next month’s Southeast in Hanoi, Vietnam and the 2022 AIBA Women’s World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. (PR)