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Seven PH boxers get finals shot at SEA Games gold medals

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, May 11------ Five more Filipino boxers advanced to the finals, bringing the number of contenders for gold medals to seven in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.

Rogen Ladon kept his bid for a third straight men’s flyweight title alive as the Petecio siblings Nesthy and Norlan, Ian Clark Bautista, and John Marvin punched tickets to the finals following victories on Wednesday.

Ladon defeated Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Ariffin of Malaysia, 4-1, to arrange a finals duel with Thanarat Saengphet of Thailand. Nesthy, on the other hand, defeated Vey Sreysroj of Cambodia in the women’s featherweight semifinals, and will proceed to the finals where she will meet Ratna Sari Devi of Indonesia. Nesthy’s younger brother Norlan also got through to the finals, beating Jun Jie Velvan Tan of Singapore, 4-1. Like Ladon, Bautista is one win away from retaining his SEA Games title after defeating Naing Latt of Myanmar, 5-0. He will face Asri Udin of Indonesia for the gold. Marvin also booked a spot in the gold medal bout after winning over Nas Redinsi Anvar of Cambodia.

Light welterweight Riza Pasuit and bantamweight Irish Magno are already through after semifinal wins on Tuesday as the boxers cheered up the Philippine contingent on a slow day for the contingent.

More Filipinos could join the seven boxers with bantamweight Carlo Paalam, lightweight Paul Julyfer Bascon, and heavyweight Marcuz Tongco competing for a spot in the finals on Thursday afternoon at the Chroy Chongvar Convention Center.

All final boxing bouts will be on Saturday.


Editor's note:

Boxer Kenneth Egano, 22, dies four days after collapsing in ring. Upcoming bantamweight Kenneth Egano died on Wednesday from head injuries he suffered during his eight-round fight in Imus, Cavite last Saturday. He never heard his name announced as the winner as Egano lost consciousness in his corner while waiting for the decision of the fight. The boxer was immediately rushed to the hospital where he lapsed into coma due to brain hemorrhage.


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