HANGZHOU, China – Mark Ashley Fajardo was beaten by China’s Wang Xiangyang in another early exit for Philippine boxers at the 19th Asian Games.
Cheered on by the hometown crowd, Wang showed he is the better fighter in the ring, going 5-0 to advance to the men’s round of 16 (63.5kg) at the Hangzhou Gymnasium here.
Fajardo’s lopsided defeat was a far cry from the first-round knockout inflicted by Cebuano in his opening match against Bhutan’s Wangdi Dorji.
Fajardo will now join Tokyo Irish Magno, Aira Villegas and Aaron Jude Bado on the sidelines after previously abandoning their fights.
Riza Pasuit and Marjon Pianer will start their bids in Asia on Thursday.
Pasuit is booked to face Thailand’s Somnuek Thanaya in the women’s 60kg and Pianar, who retired early, will meet Uzbekistan’s Muydinkhujaev Asadkhuja in the men’s -71kg.
Meanwhile, Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio will step into the ring for the first time on Friday against top seed Lin Yu Ting of Chinese Taipei.