Pinoy boxers start SEA Games campaign with resounding wins
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2015 06:38 PM
Female boxers Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno opened the country’s campaign with resounding victories while Eumir Felix Marcial followed suit with a triumph in the men’s draw of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
SINGAPORE—Former world champion Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno opened the country’s campaign in boxing with resounding victories on Saturday afternoon at the Expo Hall of the Sports Hub as Eumir Felix Marcial followed suit with a triumph in the men’s draw of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
Also a three-time SEA Games gold medalist, Gabuco clobbered Indonesia’s Beatrich Aldriani Sugoro, 3-0, to reach the women’s lightweight semifinals.
Not to be outdone, the 23-year-old Magno, a gold medalist in the 2012 Taeipei City Cup, booked the same 3-0 victory over another Indonesian, Novita Sinadia, to also assure herself a bronze medal in the women’s flyweight class.
Marcial, on the other hand, had lady luck smiling at him in men’s welterweight where only five boxers were entered.
The 2013 Asian Youth Boxing championships and Myanmar Sea Games gold medalist Marcial advanced directly to Monday’s semifinals where will face either Thailand’s Apichet Saensit or Mynmar’s Way Lin Aung, who were scheduled for a quarterfinal clash in Saturday evening’s program.
The 28-year-old Gabuco, the 2012 world champion, will be the favorite when she clashes with Singapore’s Hui Leona, who drew a bye in the quarterfinals, in Monday’s semifinals where Magno is set to face a dangerous opponent, Thai Sopida Satumrum, also a 3-0 winner over Hnin Moh Moh Naing of Myanmar.
On Sunday, Ian Bautista faces Mohd NorMuhammad Azuwan of Malaysia in the men’s flyweight division at 7 p.m.
Also fighting on Sunday are Rogen Ladon against Malaysian Muhamad Fuad in a light flyweight clash, Wilfredo Lopez against Indonesian Kristianus Nong Sedo in a middleweight duel and Junel Cantancio against Graciano Joao Florindo de Jesus of Timor Leste lightweight.