Asian Games: Faltering Philippine boxers get a break with Rogen Ladon win

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2018 10:11 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2018 11:59 PM

Out of 6 Filipino boxers until Sunday, Rogen Ladon is the only one on the national team who has survived past the first assignment. Jonathan Celona, ABS-CBN News

JAKARTA—Rogen Ladon became the first Filipino boxer to make it out of the first round in the 2018 Asian Games, as he dominated Nepal’s Prem Chaudhary in their round-of-16 flyweight match on Sunday night at Hall C in the Jakarta International Expo here

Judges unanimously scored the fight in Ladon’s favor, as the Filipino Olympian clearly outboxed Chaudhary in all three rounds.

He encountered some trouble in the third when an aggressive Chaudhary tagged him in the opening seconds, but Ladon was quick to recover. He also suffered a cut late in the frame but still cruised to victory.

With the result, Ladon is now through to the quarterfinals of the 52 kilograms division.

“Hindi ko iniisip ‘yung mga talo,” said Ladon. “Focus lang ako sa kailangan kong gawin sa ring.”

Ladon’s triumph was badly needed by the boxing team, after the early eliminations of Joel Bacho, Nesthy Petecio, Mario Fernandez, and James Palicte.

Fernandez’s loss was particularly brutal as the veteran had been leading in his bantamweight match against his Iraqi opponent, Jaafar Abdulridha Ali Al Sudani, before getting knocked out. He had to be sent to a local hospital for observation.

Palicte fought in the afternoon session on Sunday and was outboxed by Uzbekistan’s Shunkor Abdurasulov in the men’s lightweight division. He lost via unanimous decision.

Irish Magno later joined the parade of Filipino fighters that made early exits after a similar unanimous-decision loss to North Korea’s Pang Chol Mi in the last bout of the night at Hall C.

Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam are the only Filipino boxers who have yet to see action in these Games. They enter the ring on Monday night.

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