TO THE SEMIS. Philippines representative Mark Lester Durens (right) throwing jabs against Kuwaiti boxer Mansour Khalefah Tuesday night (Dubai time). Duren's win over Khalefah enables him to proceed to the semi-final round of the Asian Boxing Confederation Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championship in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo courtesy of Coach Elmer Pamisa)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Homegrown talent Mark Lester Durens (49 kgs), will proceed to the semifinals in the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships after a victory Tuesday evening (Dubai time).

Coach Elmer Pamisa shared Duren's win over Kuwaiti boxer Mansour Khalefah after a quarterfinal victory.

Durens' win came when he scored a referee-stopped-contest decision in the first round, Team CDO boxing head coach Pamisa said.

Another quarterfinalist John Paul Panoayan fell in the quarterfinals after bowing to Bakhodur Usmonov of Tajikistan, the No. 1 ranked Asian boxer.

Durens will next face a boxer from Khazakstan during the semis.

Three homegrown boxers in the city are set to compete in an international boxing competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from May 23 to June 1, 2021.
Other than Durens and Panoayan, Marvin Tabamo is also part of Team CDO.
The three boxers representing the Philippines are products of Mayor Oscar Moreno’s comprehensive and sustained grassroots amateur boxing development program.

Before embarking on the Dubai tournament, the boxers have experienced several international bouts. (PNA)