Genebert Basadre came up short in his efforts to win a gold medal for the Philippines in the just concluded 31st King’s Cup at the Gnongwongwan Mall.
The 25-year-old product of the Misamis Oriental boxing program could not get his game going in the finals against a wily Apichet Sansit and lost, 13-0.
Basadre tried to employ his strategy of engaging the Thai in close quarters, but got outpunched in the process as Sansit delivered combinations while the Filipino veteran could manage only one or two shots during exchanges.
Philippine delegation head and Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson conceded that although Basadre characteristically displayed good defense, he lacked the aggressiveness that seems to be the new trademark of Thai boxers.
Basadre earlier smothered Korean Joun Buk Hwan, 16-6, in their 64-kilogram semifinal clash Wednesday to reach the final of the 31st King’s Cup tournament at the Convention Center of the Gnamwongwan Mall here. It was a clinical demonstration of amateur boxing at its best.
The Philippines’ Genebert Basadre (L) exchanges leathers with Korea’s Joun Buk Hwan during a second round action of their semifinal fight Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand