Eljay Pamisa reaches ASBC Junior/Youth final
FILIPINO Eljay Pamisa edged Iran’s Nima Beygi on Sunday to qualify for the gold medal round in the bantamweight division of the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) junior and junior championships at Al Hossein Sports City in Amman, in Jordan.
The 17-year-old Cagayan de Oro native dazzled Mr Beygi with his punishing counters and deft footwork as he secured a place in the final against Uzbek Abduvali Buriboev, who lost to India’s Anand Yadav during their semi-final duel but won his protest to take the final berth instead.
Mr. Pamisa, a silver medalist at the 2019 Asian Junior Championships in Al Fujaira, United Arab Emirates, while still competing in the lighter divisions, is one of the best junior boxers in the country and a silver medalist. Gold here would testify to its oozing. potential.
Other team members are junior boxers (15-16) Robert Malunoc, Jr. (46kg), Justine Valero (48kg) and Van Hendrich Abing (50kg) while the youth team is made up of (16 -17 years old) Reymond Lofranco (48kg) and John Wayne Vicera (51kg).
Meanwhile, the ASBC held its convention and elections on Saturday at the Marriott Bonvoy Hotel in the same city.
Representatives from the Philippines were Association of Boxing Alliances Philippines President Ed Picson and General Secretary Marcus Manalo.
Thailand’s Pichai Chunhavajira was elected as the new president of the ASBC ahead of his opponent Saken Polatov of Uzbekistan, 18 votes to 11.
ABAP President Mr. Picson is a close adviser to the prominent Thai businessman and sportsman. — Joey Villar