MANILA, Philippines—In only his first international stint, Jade Bornea remained the last standing out of four Filipino entries in the ongoing AIBA World Youth Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia.
Bornea scored a major upset over highly touted Jack Bateson of England in the quarterfinal round, 16-12, to advance.
Bornea banked on his quickness against the much taller Bateson, who has championships of the Commonwealth, British and English Boxing across his name.
Scores were 4-3 in the first round, 10-8 in the second before the 16-12 final count.
Ian Clark Bautista, the other PLDT-Abap boxer who made it to the quarterfinals, meanwhile, bowed to Irish lad Kurt Walker, 12-19 .
“We pulled off some surprises, the biggest one being Jade Bornea. And he’s not done yet,” said Abap [Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines] executive director Ed Picson.