Filipino boxers Rosen Ladon and Ian Clark Bautista punched in their weight class gold medal rounds at the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament at the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort Hotel in Thailand on Friday.
Ladon, the flyweight king of the Southeast Asian Games, demonstrated his counter-pacing skills in an impressive third round win over his hometown Baji Thanarat Sengfet 4-1.
“I just followed my coach’s gameplan and went in and out to fight,” Ladon said. “I went to the toes knowing I could take him.
Laden’s ex-spermmate Sengfet at the Muak Lake District training camp outside Bangkok.
In Saturday’s final, Ladon faces current Asian Championship and Asian Games titlele India’s Amit Panghal where $ 2,000 is at risk.
Bautista, meanwhile, delivered a devastating right hook against Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Duong to score a knockout in just 1:05 of the second round of their featherweight semifinals.
The bronze winner of the 2019 SEA Games will face 201 World Championship runners-up Serik Termizanov of Kazakhstan, who won by a 3-2 split decision against Rujakran Juntrong of Thailand.
With their entry into the final, Bautista and Ladon won at least two silver medals for the Philippines in a prestigious tournament organized by the Thai Boxing Association.
The Thailand Open, as well as pre- and post-tournament training camps, are part of the PH national boxing team’s overall title defense preparations for next month’s 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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