Five more Pinoy pugs break through to Finals of 2019 SEA Games boxing

Santino Honasan on Dec 08, 2019 07:29 PM
SEA Games 2019: Five more Pinoy pugs break through to Finals
Rogen Ladon will be one of nine Pinoy bets to battle for gold medals in the 2019 SEA Games boxing tournaments

MANILA - The Philippine Boxing team produced a spectacular 5-for-5 sweep in the fourth day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Boxing competitions, Sunday afternoon at the PICC Forum Tent here. 

After impressive outings in their quarterfinals matches, Men's Lightweight bet Charly Suarez, Men's Flyweight bet Rogen Ladon, and Women's Flyweight bet Irish Magno all scored Majority Decision victories in their respective semis bouts. 

Suarez's power was simply too much for Vietnam's Dat Thanh Vu, as the Rio Olympian and two-time SEA Games gold medalist scored a pair of knockdowns en route to the 4-1 victory. 

"Sabi ng coach namin na wag mag-madali kasi lamang naman, at least may knockdown na nangyari," Suarez told the media after his win. "So yun, ginawa ko lang yung sinabi ng coach namin." 

With the a third SEA Games gold medal in his sights, Suarez says that it's to or die come Monday's final. 

"Wala nang bukas! Bukas is Finals, so I do my best and gagawin ko yung makakaya ko para manalo." 

Ladon meanwhile, utilized his speed and movement to outbox and frustrate Singaporean foe Mohamed Handureen Hamid, also getting a 4-1 on the judges' score cards. 

"Meron na rin akong ano sa kanya, kasi nga alam ko na rin yung laro niya eh, nilaro ko lang yung laro ko sa kanya," Ladon said about forcing Hamid to get a bit frustrated and reckless. "Nakalaban ko na siya nung una, nung nasa-Indonesia kami. Ayun, ginawa ko lang yung laro ko, ayun, nag-tagumpay din." 

Magno set the tone for the Pinoy contingent with a 4-1 result against Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong. 

All three now assure themselves of silver medals, with SEA Games gold well within reach. 

Seeing action for the first time in the 2019 SEA Games were Women's Lightweight contender Riza Pasuit and Men's Light Welterweight contender James Palicte. 

Both Pasuit and Palicte put on a show in the Philippines' last two bouts for the day as they both earned thrilling Majority Decision victories to earn their tickets to the gold medal matches. 

"Nung una po, parang hindi pa ako kampante sa galaw ko kasi binabasa ko pa kung saan siya, kung saan siya tatamaan," Pasuit said of her slow start in the opening round. "Doon sa second round, instruction nila coach na ganun daw gagawin ko, so doon ako po ako sumunod kila coach."

Palicte, the younger brother of two-time world title contender Aston Palicte, meanwhile, was overjoyed to have assured himself at least a silver medal finish in his first SEA Games stint. "Grabe yung saya ko ngayon, hindi ko ma-expect, sobrang saya ko ngayon. Pinapangarap ko lang 'to dati, nanonood lang ako. Ngayon, andito na ako."

December 9th will be the final day of the SEA Games boxing tournaments, and the Philppines has a chance to take home a whopping 10 gold medals. 

Apart from the five winners mentioned above, also vying for gold for the Philippines will be Men's Middleweight Eumir Marcial, Men's Light Flyweight Carlo Paalam, and Women's Light Flyweight Josie Gabuco. 

Women's Featherweight Nesthy Petecio will also fight for gold after getting a bye in the semifinals, same with Men's Welterweight Marjon Pianar.

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