HANOI যদি If Rosen Ladon and Irish Magno needed any reminders about how difficult the final hurdle of the gold medal would be, they would just have to look into their team.
Late Friday night, Olympic silver medalist Nesti Petesio lost in the semifinals of the 57-60kg women’s boxing at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Bakin Stadium in a stunning upset to Vietnam’s Thi Lin Tran.
But there could be more to the second-best Featherweight defeat at the Tokyo Games.
Ed Pixon, president of the Boxing Alliance of the Philippines, said: “This decision about Josie and Nesti, I think the judges agreed with the crowd but it is still unacceptable.” . Defending champion Josie Gabuko is fourth in Thailand.
Pixon added, “We were expecting better results but there were several things that worked.”
These factors will work again because Tokyo Olympians Ladon and Magno will try to snatch gold from the jaws of the dangerous host country.
Ladon will fight Tran Van Thao, who is already in the professional position. Magno will face current champion Nguyen Thi Tam, who defeated him during the 2019 SEA Games.
Also the gunman for the gold is Yumi Marcel, who faced a left-handed knockout artist in the middleweight final.
“I like my chances now because I’m practicing against the South,” said Olympic bronze medalist in her men’s 75kg final bout against East Timor’s Slager Delio Anjakesi.
Meanwhile, Ian Clarke Batista will face Myanmar’s Naing Lat in the men’s 56kg final.
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