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Maamo advances, Ladon loses in AIBA worlds

By JP Abcede

MANILA--Dannel Maamo and Rogen Ladon had a contrast of fortunes in their initial bouts at the 2017 AIBA World Championships held at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.

On Sunday (Philippine Time), Maamo scored a split decision win against Botswana's Mahomed Otukileo to advance to the next round of the men's flyweight category.

Meanwhile, Ladon succumbed to Zhomart Yerzhan of Kazakhstan, losing via split decision as well.

Maamo was clearly outgunned in the first round, and even halfway into the second, on the strength of Otukile's crisp combinations.

But the Filipino, knowing that the fight was slipping away, rallied behind his left hook and body punching.

"Magaling ang timing kaya lagi ako tinataaman," said Maamo, who set himself up for a date with Cuban top seed Yosvany Veitia on Monday.

Ladon's opponent, Yerzhan, earned a berth in the round of 16 after beating Michael Tello Tello of Guatemala with a unanimous decision on Sunday.

The 26-year old Kazakh easily got rid of the Central American entry by banking on his potent left hand that struck his opponent's body and head with regularity.

While Tello was not in trouble of going down, Yerzhan made it sure there would be no questions on the mind of the five judges that included Filipino Cildo Evasco.

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