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PH pugs unscathed in China

QIAN’AN, Hebei Province, China – Veteran Charly Suarez scored the second Filipino victory Sunday afternoon and Nesthy Petecio followed suit late in the evening at the Asian-Oceanian Olympic Qualification event in this quiet city two and a half hours by land from the capital Beijing.

The muscular lightweight from Davao won on all three scorecards in his bout opposite Chinese-Taipei’s national champion Lai Chu-En.

Suarez now moves on to the quarterfinals against India’s Dheeeraj scheduled today.

Petecio, a silver medalist at the last AIBA World Women’s Championships in Korea, likewise dominated her Micronesian opponent, Jennifer Chieng, in four rounds, to tally a decision win.

Three more boxers started their campaign and were fighting as off press time last night. No. 1 seeds Rogen Ladon (light flyweight) and Eumir Felix Marcial (welterweight) were to face face Japan’s Tosho Kashiwasaki and Kori Istafanos of Australia, respectively while Bantamweight Mario Fernandez, would be going up versus Yakub Meredov of Turkmenistan.