Lopez, Fernandez, Barriga assure PH of at least 3 more bronzes in Asian Games

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The Philippines is now assured of at least three more bronze medals — all from boxers Wilfredo Lopez, Mario Fernandez and Mark Anthony Barriga — in the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Gym in Incheon, South Korea Tuesday night.

Middleweight Wilfredo Lopez capped a rousing night for the Philippine contingent with a TKO win over Shinebayar Narmandakh of Mongolia in the opening round.

A left hook by Lopez sent Narmandakh sprawling to the canvas, with the referees stopping the bout at 2:05 left in the first round.

Compatriots Mario Fernandez and Mark Anthony Barriga also took care of their respective quarterfinal assignments.

Fernandez scored a unanimous decision over Asian champion Shiva Thapa of India in their bantamweight bout before light flyweight Barriga edged Hasanboy Dusmativ of Uzbekistan by split decision.

It was a close call for Barriga, a 2012 Olympian who survived Dustamov after the Italian and Canadian judges scored the fight in favor of the Filipino, 29-28. A Korean judge had Dustamov winning, 28-29.

The three boxing bets joined lightweight Charly Suarez, who also won his quarterfinals match on Monday, in the semifinals on Thursday.

Fernandez, the 2013 SEA Games silver medalist, is set to take on Zhang Jiawei of China in the semis. The Chinese bagged the silver medal in the 2010 Asiad.

Lopez will next face Odai Riyad Adel of Jordan in the semifinal round. Barriga, on the other hand, will have a tougher task in the final four as he takes on hometown bet Shin Jonghun of Korea, who finished fifth in the Guangzhou Asiad four years ago.

As it stands, the Philippines, officially, has two silvers, both in wushu, and four bronze medals, two in taekwondo and one each in archery and wushu.

The Philippines is in 26th place out of 33 countries in the medals tally and is seventh out of eight in Southeast Asia.
China continues to lead in the standings with 125 gold medals so far.

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