The national men’s boxing team suffered its first casualty in Aaron Jude Bado, who lost his debut fight in the 19th Asian Games on Monday, September 25, at the Hangzhou gymnasium.
Bado bowed to Thitisan Panmot of Thailand in a 51-kg match that ended in an RSC-L (Referee Stopped Contest-Injury) in the second round.
The Filipino suffered a huge cut on his left eyebrow that prompted the ring official to stop the fight with 16 seconds remaining in the round.
“Naputukan sa kilay. Medyo mahaba,” coach Ronald Chavez said of the injury Bado suffered.
He was the first member of the men’s team to bow out of contention as Olympian Eumir Marcial and Mark Ashley Fajardo won their respective opening round matches on Monday.
In all, Bado is the third Filipino boxer to fall by the wayside after Aira Villegas and another Olympian in Irish Magno.
Still to see action for Team Philippines are Olympic silver medal winner Carlo Paalam, Marjon Pianar, and John Marvin.