Aaron Bado, Flint Jara advance to gold-medal round in Asian U22 boxing tilt

Published January 24, 2023, 12:37 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Aaron Jude Bado and Flint Jara scored contrasting victories Monday, Jan. 23, to barge into the gold-medal round of their respective weight categories in the ASBC Asian U22 Boxing Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Aaron Jude Bado, left, advances to the gold-medal round of the men’s flyweight (51kg) division. (Tournament Images)

Bado, a 2019 Palarong Pambansa standout from Mindanao, displayed his aggressive stance to dominate Qaiyum Ariffin of Malaysia, 5-0, for a spot in the final of the men’s flyweight (51kg) class.

His victory set him up a championship meeting with Thailand’s Thanarat Saengphet, who also demolished Uzbekistan’s Mukhammadkodir Mamirjonov, 5-0.

Jara, for his part, had to dig deep in edging Mongolian Ganbold Dorjnyambuu via split decision, 3-2, to move a win away from the men’s bantamweight (54kg) gold medal.

Another Batang Pinoy standout, Jara scored 29-28 from judges from Hungary, India and Egpyt, while losing in the scorecards of the Turkish and Thai judges, 28-29.

His next opponent would be Nursultan Altunbek of Kazakhstan, who trounced Kyrgyzstan’s Islam Torobaev, 5-0.

Not so fortunate were Jericho Acaylar and Mark Lester Durens, who settled for the bronze medals after losing their respective semifinal matches.

Acaylar bowed to Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan, 5-0, in the men’s featherweight (57kg), while Durens succumbed to Uzbekistan’s Shodiyorkjon Melikuziev, 5-0.