Rey Saludar Advance to President’s Cup finals
Philippine national boxers Rey Saludar and Charly Suarez successfully hurdled their semifinal bouts and advance to the finals of the 4th President’s Cup in Baluak Sholan Palace of Culture and Sports, Almaty, Kazhakstan.
Saludar, the 2010 Asian Games champion, edged out Kazakhstan’s London Olympian Ilyas Seleimenov via split decision 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29.
Phil Boxing reported that national coaches Nolito Velasco and Elmer Pamisa instructed the 26 year old Army man to deliver double left straights which found their mark and which Suleimenov was unable to parry or counter.
Saludar complained of several wayward elbows and headbutts during the match, but the coaches told him just to keep his focus – which Saludar obediently followed and resulted to a close win over the host’s bet.
Meanwhile, former World Series of Boxing (WSB) standout Suarez stamped his class over Mongolia’s Otdondalai in the semis, to advance to the champions round in front of a roaring crown.
Amid the clear win, one of the judges, a Kazakh from the Shymkent region, gave Otdondalai the nod, scoring all three rounds in the latter’s favor for a total score of 27-30, reported Phil Boxing.
“I just did what I had to do because I was preparing for the big fight on Sunday”, said Suarez. “But I don’t understand that score. Still, a win is a win”.
The two other judges submitted tallies of 30-27 and 29-28 for the Sawata, Davao del Norte native.
Both Saludar and Suarez will be off to a final battle today against the host country’s top boxers.
Saludar meets Shahobiddin Zoirov, who moved up to the flyweight class from light-flyweight, and had fought London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga twice, losing to the Panabo, Davao del Norte native both times.
Suarez meanwhile, will have the reigning Asian Champion Berik Abdrahmanove,30, as his Finals foe.
The PLDT-ABAP participation in the President’s Cup is part of the final selection process for the Asian Games line-up, and build-up for the 2016 London Olympic games. Another batch of boxers leave on Sunday for the China Open in Guiyang, China.