TOKYO Olympics silver medallist Carlo Paalam lands a punch en route to scoring a shutout 5-0 unanimous decision win over Aldoms Suguro of Indonesia in the Men’s 54kgs weight division finals at the SEA Games 2023 Boxing competition in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Paalam along with fellow Tokyo Olympics boxing silver medal winner Nesthy Petecio (Women’s 57kgs), Ian Clark Bautista (Men’s 57kgs), and Paul Julyfer Bascon (Men’s 60kgs) won the gold medal in their respective weight category.
CEBU City, Philippines — The Filipino boxers won four gold medals at the Boxing competition of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Chroy Changvar Convention Center in Phnom Penh.
Tokyo Olympic silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio lead the cast of golden finishers after their lording it over their respective categories.
Paalam carted the gold in the Men’s 54kgs division after scoring a 5-0 shutout over Aldoms Suguro of Indonesia in the final bout while Petecio also scored a lopsided 5-0 win over Ratna Sari Devi also of Indonesia in the Women’s 57kgs class.
The Cagayan de Oro native Paalam defeated Sao Rangsey of Cambodia in the preliminaries, Daeloniel MC Delon Bang of Malaysia in the quarterfinal round and Edegar Foe Quintes Da Silva of Timor Leste in the semis via overwhelming 5-0 decisions while Petecio stopped Minavanh Oupaxa of Laos with a Referee Stop Contest win in the first round of their quarterfinal match, then dominated Vy Sreysros of Cambodia via 5-0 decision in the semifinals.
Joining the golden circle were Men’s Featherweight (57kgs) Ian Clark Bautista who dominated Asri Udun of Indonesia and Parul Julyfer Bascon who escaped with a split decision 3-1 win over Rujakran Juntrong of Thailand in the Men’s Lightweight (60kgs) category.
Bautista defeated Van Doung Nguyen of Vietnam with an RSC win in Round 3 of the Quarterfinal round and Naing Latt of Myanmar with a 5-0 win in the semifinal round, and Bascon’s finals came by way of Aung Soe Moe of Myanmar (5-0), Thanh Dat Vu of Vietnam (4-1), then scored a knockout over Touch Davit of Cambodia in the second round of the semifinal match.
The Philippines sent a total of 10 boxers to the competition with nine it to the gold medal round. Only four went home with the gold medal hanging on the neck that includes Rogen Ladon who lost the Men’s Flyweight gold to Thanarat Srengphet of Thailand, Norlan Petecio who also lost the Men’s Welterweight gold to Bunjong Sinsiri also of Thailand, John Nobel Marvin who vowed to another Thai fighter Weerapon Jongjoho in the Men’s Light Heavy (80kgs), Irish Magno yield the gold to Thai lady puncher Jutanas Jitpong in the Women’s Bantamweight class and Riza Pasuit lost the match to Thi Linh Ha of Vietnam in the Women’s Light Welter class (63kgs).
Although he failed to join his teammates in the gold medal bout, Markus Cear Tongco went home with a bronze medal after he lost to Menh Cuong Nguyen of Vietnam in the Men’s 92kgs semifinal round via RSC on the second round. RCM
PHILIPPINE Boxing Team. The Philippine Men’s and Women’s Boxing Team lead by head coach Don Abnett (6th from Left) and ABAP Secretary General and Executive Director Marcus Manalo (first on the right) on their way to Cambodia. At the close of the boxing event, all 10 Filipino boxers brought home a medal that include four gold, five silvers and a bronze.
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