Pinoy Muay Thai bet Ryan Jakiri assured of bronze medal in 2017 SEA Games
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KUALA LUMPUR – Khen Johnson Marques and Philip Delarmino bombed out of medal race while Ryan Jakiri assured himself of a bronze medal at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games muay competition at the MITEC Hall 8 here.
Marques landed several good kicks and punches on Seuaphom Thongbang of Laos, but still suffered a 25-30 setback in the men’s 58kg class.
National head coach Billy Alumno questioned the judges’ decision, saying that Marques was clearly the victor in the tight match.
“Mas malinis pa ang mukha ni Johnson kumpara doon sa kalaban nya pero hindi binibigay sa kanya ang mga puntos,” said Alumno, adding that they will do their best to boost the country’s medal haul as the tournament enter its crucial stretch.
On the same note, Delarmino also couldn’t believe his fortune after succumbing to Thachtana Luangphon of Thailand in the 57kg category, 27-30.
“Kahit anong gawin kong patama, hindi napupuntusan. So talo pa din talaga tayo,” said Delarmino, who recently saw action in the World Games in Poland.
But the battle is not yet over for the national muay squad.
Alumno said he’s pinning his hopes on Jonathan Polosan in the 63.5k-67kg, Jay Harold Gregorio in the 67kg-71kg and Ryan Jakiri in the 60kg-63kg categories.
“We have good chances in our last three fighters,” he said. “But syempre, aasa din tayo na maganda ang maipakita nilang laban para makapag-contribute sa bansa natin.”
Polosan will kick off his campaign against Soulivavong Latxasak of Laos while gregorio will clash with Truong Quoc Hung of Vietnam on Sunday.
Jakiri, for his part, drew a bye and will see action on Monday.