Former SEA Games gold medalist Genebert Basadre dies at 35

Former Asian Games bronze and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist boxer Genebert Basadre died on Sunday, days after collapsing at his home in Cagayan de Oro City. He was 35 years old.

Basadre left the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) stable in 2010 to pursue a career in the Philippine Army, but remained helpful to budding boxers in his hometown as a coach.

According to a statement released by the ABAP, Basadre collapsed last April 19 and was immediately rushed to the Polymedic Plaza Hospital. He was revived on April 20 but slipped into a coma.

The former boxer tried to hold his ground, but his body eventually succumbed to the damage he sustained almost a week later.

ABAP Sec. Gen. Ed Picson expressed shock upon learning the news of Basadre's death.

"He was so young and was dedicated, soft-spoken and well-liked. The news is startling, to say the least," Picson said.

On Monday, the Philippine Sports Commission also posted the news on its social media accounts.

As an amateur in the lightweight division, Basadre clinched a bronze medal in the Acropolis Cup in Athens, Greece, a world-ranking event, in 2002. He also managed to get the same finishes in Sociko, Lithuania and Seville, Spain the year after.

He also tried to make it to the Athens Olympics through the AIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but came up short. Basadre, however, bounced back and won gold in front of an adoring Filipino crowd at the 2005 SEA Games.

Aside from his third-place finish at the 2006 Asiad, Basadre also placed second in the Tammer Cup in Tampere, Finland in the very same year.

His last title was a silver medal campaign at the Kings Cup tournament in Thailand in 2009.