PH boxers go 3-0 as Gabuco, Bautista advance
MANILA, Philippines - Boxing action kicked off at the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Saturday, June 6 as three Filipino boxers shut their opponents out in Singapore.
Female boxers Josie Gabuco and Irish Magno won unanimous 3-0 decisions over Indonesians, as light flyweight Gabuco defeated Aldriani Beatrichx Suguro and flyweight Irish Magno topped Novita Sinadia.
Gabuco, who has won gold medals at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 SEA Games, will meet Singapore's Leona Hui on Monday, while the 2013 bronze medalist Magno will face 2013 gold medalist Sopida Satumrum of Thailand later that day.
Irish Magno's bout against Novita Sanadia
The only Philippine male to see action on opening day was flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, who defeated Malaysia's Muhammad Azwan Mohd Nor by a 3-0 verdict.
Bautista worked aggressively to Mohd Nor's body early before switching his target upstairs in round two, landing cleanly with right crosses and left hooks to the now-helmetless head of his southpaw opponent.
The 20-year-old Bautista of Binalbagan, Bacolod will have a tougher draw in the second round as he faces the reigning SEA Games gold medalist Chatchai Butdee of Thailand on Sunday.
Butdee, 30, competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and earned bronze at the 2013 World Amateur Championships.
Also seeing action on Sunday from the Philippine boxing team is men's light flyweight Rogen Ladon against Muhamad Fuad Mohd Redzuan of Malaysia; 2013 lightweight silver medalist Junel Cantancio against Graciano Joao Florindo de Jesus of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; bantamweight Mario Fernandez against Phu Cuong Tran of Vietnam; middleweight Wilfredo Lopez against Kristianus Nong Sedo of Indonesia.
Top PH boxers Mark Anthony Barriga and Charly Suarez were declared ineligible for the subcontinental tournament by amateur boxing organization AIBA due to their advanced experience.
"AIBA wants them to fight in the major tournaments," said Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.
The Philippines bagged 10 medals - including 3 golds - at the 2013 Games in Myanmar. - Rappler.com