MANILA, Philippines – What’s one way to avoid the scoring controversies that seem to plague every amateur boxing tournament? Knock your opponent out.
That’s what Philippine boxer Ian Clark Bautista did on Monday, June 8 in his flyweight semifinal match, knocking Thongbang Seauaphom of Laos down for the count at 1:13 of the second round with a flush left hook to the jaw at the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Bautista, 20, of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, Philippines had been robbed of a chance to medal at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 when Choe Sangdon of host nation South Korea was given a dubious points verdict over him.
Bautista made a big statement the day before as well, winning a 2-1 decision over defending SEA Games champion and 2012 Olympian Chatchai Butdee of Thailand.
Bautista will face Mohamed Hanurdeen Hamid of host nation Singapore on Wednesday June 10 at 3:15 pm.