Lightwelterweight Genebert Basadre of the Philippines, hammered out a 5-1 points win against Aamir Khan of Paikstan in his first bout to advance to the second round of the 15th AIBA World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy. The 27-year-old boxer from Misamis Oriental will next fight Brazil’s Myke Carvaho who narrowly beat Manuj Kumar of India, 5-4.
Strong medal contender Harry Tañamor drew a first round bye and will face Armenia’s Hovhannes Danielyan. Tañamor is the country’s strongest hope for a medal who won a silver in the same tournament in 2007 (Chicago) and a bronze in 2001 (Budapest, Hungary) and 2003 (Bangkok, Thailand).
The drawing of lots also saw featherweight Charly Suarez meeting Stan Julian of Romania, lightweight Joegin Ladon tackling Thomas Stalker of England and Joan Tipon taking on Sri Lankan Kamal Gamaethiralalage as first round rivals.
Tipon and Ladon make their appearance on Wednesday while Suarez also sees action on Thursday of this meet which drew more than 600 boxers from 144 nations headed by Cuba, the winningest country in this biennial meet launched in 1974.
Basadre’s biggest claim to fame was a silver medal victory in the tough King’s Cup in Bangkok this year. He won a bronze in the 2006 Doha Asian Games and bagged a gold in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games as a young boy from Misamis Oriental who was discovered in the National Open.