Seven of the ten Filipino boxers advance to the finals in the 27th Southeast Asian Games with all eight boxers going for the gold tomorrow at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Victorious in today’s semifinals are Mark Barriga, Junel Cantancio, Mario Fernandez, Willy Lopez and Dennis Galvan, while Rey Saludar failed to make the cut.
Barriga, the country’s representative to the London Olympics last year, won via split decision over Malaysian foe Mohd Fuad Reovan in the light flyweight.
Cantancio, meanwhile, triumphed over Mohammad Ridhwan Ahmad of Singapore via unanimous decision in the lightweight category while bantamweight Mario Fernandez dominated Vietnam’s Tran Quoc Viet en route to another unanimous decision win.
Middleweight Lopez and and light welterweight Galvan pulled off a separate split decision victories of Indonesian boxers Alex Tatontos and Ericok Amanupnoyo, respectively, to also make it to the finale.
Only Saludar, an Asian games gold medalist, dropped his assignment as he succumbed to a unanimous decision setback to Mg Nge of host Myanmar in the flyweight division to settle for the bronze medal.
While women’s boxer Nesthey Petecion was the first to secure her berth in the finals last Wednesday, another women boxer Josie Gabuco joined her in the finals last Thursday after she beat Sonrka Chanthavonrsa of Laos, 3-0, in the semifinal round.
In tomorrow’s finals, Petecion will face Myanmar’s New Ni Oo in the women’s 57kg finals, while Gabuco fights for the gold against Beatrix Suguro of Indonesia in the women’s 48kg.
Other women boxers Mariciris Igam and Irish Magno failed to advance to the final round after bowing down to their respective opponents in the semifinal round.
Igam was beaten by Sopida Satumrum of Thailand in a unanimous decision, while Magno lost to Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam in a split decision.