RONEL SUYOM outclassed hometown bet Rafael Lozano Serrano, 5-0, on Thursday to reach the boys’ minimum weight gold medal bout in the International Boxing Association Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships at the Ciudad Deportiva Camilo Cano Arena in La Nucia, Spain.
The 17-year-old fighter from Butuan City was relentless against Serrano, making him a favorite to rule the 48-kg class over his final opponent Suresh Vishvanath of India. The final is set Saturday.
“It was a perfect execution of the fight plan by Ronel,” Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) Secretary General Marcus Jarwin Manalo said in a message to BusinessMirror. “He was very assertive from the start that troubled his opponent.”
Serrano was a European youth champion last year, according to Manalo. Josef Ramos
Suyom is Soyum is the last boy standing in the six-boxer team coached by Don Abnett, Elias Recaido, and Elmer Pamisa.
Flyweight John Wayne Vicera, bantamweight Eljay Pamisa, featherweight John Paul Napales, lightweight Crisaldy Beltran and light welterweight Mark Ashley Fajardo all exited earlier in the tournament..
Suyom was aggressive in all three rounds and unleashed a solid punch that floored his opponent in the third round.
Suyom neat Japanese Motori Sadahiro, 3-2, in the quarterfinals.
“The final against India will be a tough battle but Suyom is showing a lot of confidence,” Manalo said. “More importantly, he is able to focus on the task in front of him.”
Vishvanath beat Juanma Lopez De Jesus of Puerto Rico in the semifinal.