2019 SEA Games: John Marvin falls to Vietnamese foe in Men's Boxing Quarterfinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 05, 2019 08:12 PM
(Photo: Josh Albelda)
MANILA - The Philippine Boxing contingent was denied a quarterfinals sweep after Fil-British bet John Marvin absorbed a 3-2 Split Decision loss to Vietnam's Dinh Hoang Truong the Men's 81-KG Light Heavyweight category of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Thursday evening at the PICC Forum Tent here.
The Vietnamese slugger raced ahead in the first round after flooring Marvin with a well-timed counter over-hand right.
Marvin regained some steam in the succeeding rounds as he began to get his groove and touch Truong with jabs and hooks.
In the crucial third round, both fighters started to swing for the fences, and Marvin tried to capitalize Truong's fatigue.
The two light heavyweights began to brawl in the final seconds with the hopes of swaying the judges' decision.
In the end however, it was still not enough for Marvin as he took the split decision loss, with three judges scoring in favor of the Vietnamese bet.
"This is boxing, you win some you lose some, you know," a dejected Marvin said after the bout. "I'm humble in victory as I am defeat, like today. He was a better fighter. I didn't bring it. So you know, that's it is what it is."
Marvin said he thought he did enough in round 2 and 3 to get the win but clearly the 1st round knockdown gave the win to his Vietnamese rival pic.twitter.com/DnUCoAwonz— TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) December 5, 2019
It was a bitter loss for the 26-year old, who burst onto the Philippine boxing scene two years ago in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur after taking gold.