Hanoi: Filipino boxers, counted for gold medals, have four chances to do just that. But the two of them must be snatched from the jaws of a dangerous host nation.
Defending champion Rosen Ladon and Olympian Irish Magno Buck will compete against Vietnam in the men’s 52kg and women’s 51kg at the 31st Southeast Asian Games Boxing Championships at the gymnasium on Sunday.
“I like my chances now because I’m practicing against the South,” said Olympic bronze medalist Yumir Marshall in his men’s 75kg final bout against East Timor’s Slager Delio Anjakesi.
Ian Clarke Bautista also holds a clear chance for gold who will face Myanmar’s Naing Lat in the men’s 57kg final.
Ladon and Magno, however, could not be so sure and would require an overwhelming victory to convince the judges in the expected full crowd.
That’s the main reason Ed Pixon, president of the Association of Boxing Alliance of the Philippines, points to the tragic defeat of Olympic silver medalist Nesti Peticio and defending champion Josie Gabuko in the semifinals.
“We were expecting better results but there are several factors that worked,” Pixon said. “This decision by Josie and Nesti, I would like to recall that the judges agreed with the shouts of the crowd but it is still unacceptable.”
Ladon will fight Tran Van Thao who is already fighting among the professionals. Magno will face current champion Nguyen Thi Tam, who defeated him during the 2019 SEA Games.
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