Filipino boxers win three SEA Games gold

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Josie_Gabuco_SEA_Games_2013Filipino boxers contributed three gold, four silver and three bronze medals as action in boxing came to an end today in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Filipino woman boxer Josie Gabuco started the medal haul ruling the women’s light flyweight division in a majority decision win over Beatrix Suguro of Indonesia, 40-36, 40-36, 38-38, for the Philippines’ first gold medal in boxing.

Gabuco, who was also the 2011 SEAG pinweight champion, is now the games’ female light flyweight champion.

Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga then delivered the second gold by overwhelming Indonesia’s Konelis Kwangu Langu in the 49kg class, winning in a unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.

Mario Fernandez won the third gold for boxing after shutting out Donchai Tathi of Thailand in the bantamweight division. He also won the match via a unanimous decision, scoring it 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 against Tathi.

Four other Filipino boxers settled for silver medals after loosing their respective bouts in todays finals.

Welterweight Dennis Galvan and lightweight Junel Cantancio both lost to Thai foes in their bid for the gold and settled for silvers.

Galvan lost to a much taller and superior Thai boxer, Wuttichai Masuk; in a unanimous deicion, while Cantancio lost to Saiyom Ardee via a split decision 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.

While Galvan and Cantancio losses were all acceptable, Wilfred Lopez and Nesthy Petecio settled for a silver medal finish after losing via controversial decisions to their Burmese counterparts.

Nesthy Petecio lost to New Ni Oo despite dominating the fight, while Wilfredo Lopez lost after suffering cut against Myanmar’s Kristianus prompting the ring doctor to stop the fight.

Lady boxers, Maricris Igam and Irish Magno won a bronze each yesterday, so as gold medal prospect Rey Saludar who settled for third in men’s 52kg after being beaten by Mg Nge of Myanmar in a unanimous decision last Friday.

Boxing has contributed a total of 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze Philippines’s medal tally at this year’s SEA Games. They are a gold short compared to their performance in the 2011 SEA Games where they won 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.

Click here for the SEA Games 2013 Boxing results

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