By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
It was an action-packed six days of competition for boxing in the South East Asian (SEA) Games held in the Philippines. The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) was the venue for the fights which culminated Monday with gold medals up for grabs for both men and women.
As expected, rivals Thailand and the Philippines once again clashed for regional supremacy. The gold medal tally was tied 5 each going into the last two bouts. However, Thailand had no more finals entries while the Philippines had their two top guns, AIBA 2019 World Women’s featherweight gold medalist Nesthy Petecio and AIBA 2019 World Men’s middleweight silver medal-winner Eumir Marcial fighting in the last two bouts.
Petecio put the host country over the top with an emphatic 5-0 decision win over Maynmar’s NwE Ni Oo. This was actually Petecio’s first gold in SEA games competition. She came up short many times and even lost to the same Myanmar fighter in the 2013 finals. This time with the crowd behind her, she left no doubt about her superiority.
Marcial closed the show in style with a first round RSC win over Vietnam’s Nguyen Mạnh Cuong. Marcial showed bad intentions and rocked the Vietnamese for a standing eight count. Another volley dropped Nguyen to his knees and the referee mercifully stopped the carnage.
Marcial entered the finals by stopping his Malaysian opponent Mohd Aswan Che Azmi also in round one (RSC-outclassed).
There were a lot of interesting back stories throughout the competition. The defending gold medalist in the Light Heavyweight category, John Marvin, was shocked by Vietnamese Troung Dinh Huang in his opening match.
Marvin got caught in the jaw and was sent down in round one. He got up and tried to fight his way back but lost in a split decision.
Troung would reach the finals but lost to Thailand’s Anavat Thongkrathok.
The Philippines’ first boxing gold was courtesy of Carlo Paalam, who was out for redemption after being the only Filipino who did not win a medal in the 2017 edition of the games. He got revenge against the boxer who eliminated him two years ago in the semi-finals by scoring a unanimous decision win over Malaysia’s Muhamad Redzuan, 5-0, in an intense fight.
In the finals, Paalam squared off against Indonesian KK Langu in a fiery brawl. Paalam once again got the nod of all five judges,5-0.
Flyweight Rogen Ladon used lateral movement and accurate shots to beat the rough Thai Ammarit Yaodam for another gold for the Philippines.
The Thailand boxer who impressed the most was Chatchai-decha Butdee, the gold medalist in the men’s bantamweight category. Butdee won a bronze in the 2013 AIBA World championships. He showed his class against Vietnamese Nguyen Van Duong in the finals. In the semis, Butdee beat Filipino Ian Clark Bautista by unanimous verdict.
Vietnam won a gold in the women’s flyweight; Nguyen Thi Tam was too tall and accurate for Irish Magno of the Philippines. Magno made waves in the semi-finals by beating Thai Jutamas Jitpong, who as a pro beat Casey Morton of Hawaii for a WBO Asia Pacific title in China.
In the women’s bantamweight finals, Thailand’s Nilawan Techasuep prevailed over Do Nha Uyen of Vietnam. Thailand got another women’s gold in the lightweight category when Sudaporn Seesondee beat Filipina Riza Pasuit by decision 4-1.
Another Thai gold in the men’s section was courtesy of welterweight Wuttichai Masuk, who handily beat Marjon Piañar of the Philippines with all five judges scoring a shutout.
Josie Gabuco, the 2012 AIBA World Women’s Gold medalist in the light flyweight category, had a harder time than expected against Indonesia’s Endang. Gabuco still triumphed on all five judges’ cards.
In her first match, the now 32 year old Gabuco beat Thailand’s Raksat Chuthailandmat, 4-1. Raksat defeated Gabuco on a third round stoppage at the 2014 China Open.
Gabuco also won a gold for the Philippines at Asian Championships in Bangkok this year.
Another eye catching name on the men’s side is James Palicte, younger brother of two-time world title challenger Aston Palicte. James campaigned as a light welterweight and beat Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Hai for the gold in his first SEA Games.
Filipino veteran Charly Suarez came back from the pros and beat the brawling Thai Khunatip Pidnuch 5-0 for the Lightweight gold medal. The Thai was rocked and given a standing eight count in the second round. Suarez previously overpowered foes from Myanmar and Vietnam showing his superiority in experience.
In summary, host Philippines got 7 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. Thailand had 5 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. Vietnam was the only other country with a boxing gold with 1 together with 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals.
Photo – SEA GAMES Middleweight gold medalist Eumir Felix Marcial
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- Yongqiang Yang of China decked JR Magboo with a hard body shot and the Filipino heard the full count of ten from Referee Danrex Tapdasan in the second round.
Yang (13-0,10KO’s) remained unbeaten and was handed the WBO Global Lightweight title. He could be in the world title picture next year.
Magboo drops to 18-4-2,9KO’s. Yang has previously beaten Filipinos Harmonito dela Torre and Ernie Sanchez. Yang’s second round knockout win against Dela Torre was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse WBA welterweight title fight held in Malaysia.
This fight served as the main event of a six bout card held at the TSSG Center.
Top Chinese prospect Lei Wang (5-0,2KO’s) won the vacant WBO Greater China junior welterweight title in a hard fought match against Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-2-1,5KO’s).
Paniamogan was staggered on several occasions but managed to recuperate and fire hard shots of his own. Rounds three and four were highlighted by exciting back and forth action. But Paniamogan slowed down in the endgame and could not capitalize when Wang was also tiring.
The scores – Edward Ligas (Philippines) – 78-74, Michelle Ng (Macao) – 79-73, Danrex Tapdasan (Philippines)- 79-73. The referee was Mark Leong from Macao.
Three of Wang’s previous four wins were against Filipinos Anthony Sabalde, Ricky Sismundo and Bryan Macamay.
The WBO bouts were supervised by WBO Asia Pacific VP Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercards - Avzalbek Kuranbaev (Tajikistan) stopped Wellem Reyk (Indonesia) in two rounds, Xia Lingjie (China) beat Arnel Baconaje (Philippines) by unanimous verdict after eight rounds, Mou Xialu (China) got a second round TKO win against Brian Lobetania (Philippines) and in the opener, Dilixiati Simayi (China) and Su Pajie (China) fought to a four round draw.
PHOTO – Yang Yongqiang wins in Qingdao
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
QINGDAO,CHINA- The vacant WBO Global lightweight title will be at stake at the TSSG Center on Saturday Nov. 30 when Yongqiang Yang of China clashes with JR Magboo of the Philippines in the twelve round main attraction.
During the official weigh-in held at the fight venue, Yang was at 134 lbs while Magboo was a pound lighter.
Yang (12-0,9KO’s) is unbeaten and previously held the WBO Greater China junior welterweight and WBC ABCO Continental lightweight belts. He has beaten Filipinos Harmonito dela Torre and Ernie Sanchez. Yang’s second round KO victory against Dela Torre happened on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse WBA welterweight title bout in Malaysia.
Magboo (18-3-2,9KO’s) is a former IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight titleholder. Coincidentally, in that same card in Malaysia, Magboo fought and lost to Australian George Kambosos,Jr by TKO in the second.
Another top Chinese prospect Lei Wang (4-0,2KO’s), will be gunning for the vacant WBO Greater China junior welterweight title against Filipino Marlon Paniamogan (10-1-1,5KO’s) in an eight round bout.
Three of Wang’s four wins were against Filipinos Anthony Sabalde, Ricky Sismundo and Bryan Macamay. Paniamogan’s only loss was in Japan to Gonte Lee.Both stepped on the scales at 139 lbs.
There will be four undercard bouts – Avzalbek Kuranbaev (Tajikistan) vs Wellem Reyk (Indonesia)- 6 rounds, Xia Lingjie (China) vs Arnel Baconaje (Philippines) – 8 rounds, Mou Xialu (China) vs Brian Lobetania (Philippines) – 8 rounds, Dilixiati Simayi (China) vs Su Pajie (China) – 4 rounds.
Photo - Yang Yongqiang (Left) and JR Magboo pose during the weigh-in
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU, PHILIPPINES- Vic Saludar is set to return to the ring since losing the WBO minimumweight title last August. Saludar (19-4,10KO’s) will face Mike Kinaadman (7-12-2,5KO’s) on December 21 in the main event of a seven bout card at the Enan Chiong Activity Center in Naga City,Cebu.
Saludar, who turned 29 early this month, lost to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez last August by unanimous decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kinaadman already lost to Saludar in previous meetings. In his last two bouts, he beat Ryan Ralozo by TKO in the second and lost a unanimous verdict to Jerry Tomogdan. The 23 year old Kinaadman is a local trialhorse who has shared the ring with regional level fighters like of Rene Mark Cuarto, Jomar Caindog and Christian Bacolod. The Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) belt will be at stake in this bout.
Saludar will try to shake off the disappointment of losing his world crown in his second defense. He travelled to Puerto Rico without Jojo Palacios could not make the trip because of visa issues. Filipino-Hawaiian Bobby Villaver, an experienced cornerman who made a name in Thailand, subbed for Palacios.
Also making an appearance will be the two up and coming Saludar brothers, Van June (5-2-2,3KO’s) and Jakeson (4-0,4KO’s).
Van June Saludar’s fight against rising prospect Justine Darap (8-1,5KO’s) could definitely steal the show. Darap has knocked out his last two opponents and holds a WBF Asia Pacific super flyweight belt. Van June has been shaky in his last two bouts with a split decision loss and majority draw. Their fight is scheduled for eight rounds.
Jakeson Saludar will face Jake Amparo (5-2-1,0KO) in a ten round. The 23 year old Jakeson is a miniflyweight like older brother Vic and intends to continue his unbeaten streak. This fight is set for ten rounds.
Former world title challenger Casey Morton (8-2-3,1KO) will be fighting in the Philippines for the fourth time, her second in Cebu. The Lady Hawaiian Punch lost in her attempt to dethrone WBO Female world junior bantamweight champ Miyo Yoshida of Japan last June by unanimous decision. Morton will be pitted against Thai Saowaluk Nareepangsri (8-17,2KO’s) in an eight rounder.
Four years ago, Nareepangsri fought Filipina Gretchen Abaniel for the vacant IBA Women’s world minimumweight title and lost by unanimous decision in Australia. Morton, who previously held WBO Asia Pacific titles, fought in Mandaue City in 2017 and beat Phannaluk Kongsang of Thailand by unanimous decision.
Completing the card are Bryan James Wild vs Jomar Blanco – 6 rounds, Jesriel Bonghanoy Singwangcha vs Marlon Alejandro – 4 rounds, Kier Torregosa vs Leven Nemenzo – 4 rounds. Fans will also be treated to amateur bouts.
This card billed as BRAWL IN NAGA:BAND OF BROTHERS is presented by the City of Naga led by Mayor Val Chiong, Thai Promoter Naris Singwangcha and the Championship Boxing Development of the Philippines. This fight card is also part of the host city’s celebration of the DAGITAB Festival.
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CHONGQING,CHINA- Wengfeng Ge (11W-1,6KO’s) of China and Suriyan Satorn (60-7,41KO’s) of Thailand will battle for the vacant WBO Global Flyweight title this Saturday October 26 at the Yubei Stadium in Chongqing. Both easily made weight, Ge weighed in at 111.3lbs while Satorn was at 111.5 lbs during the official weigh-in held at the fight venue.
Ge will be looking to bounce back from his first pro loss against Filipino Giemel Magramo last January in Suzhou. Ge suffered an eye injury and the swelling around his eye - which also had a cut - got worse leading to the tenth round stoppage.
Ge has scored wins against former IBF world champ Amnat Ruenroeng and Filipino prospects Melmark Dignos and Ivan Soriano.
Satorn, also known as Kompayak Porpramook, won the WBC light flyweight world title in 2011 against Mexican Adrian Hernandez. After one defense against Filipino Jonathan Taconing, he lost to Hernandez in their rematch. In his previous appearance in China last January, Satorn lost to Jing Xiang by unanimous decision for the WBC Silver light flyweight title.
Chunlei Lin (9-3,2KO’s) of China and Galih Susanto (17-9-1,4KO’s) of Indonesia will dispute the WBC ABCO Silver super bantamweight title. Lin stepped on the scales at 121.4lbs while Susanto weighed 119.7lbs.
Susanto has shared the ring and lost to quality Filipino boxers like former title-holders Marlon Tapales and Jhack Tepora. Lin has beaten Indonesian Rocky Manufoe and lost to Japanese Shun Wakabayashi.
The undercards will feature a female fight between Jianping Ouyang (China) vs Charimae Salvador (Philippines). Both Ouyang (3-1-1,1KO) and Salvador (4-3,1KO) weighed 104.9lbs. For the rest of the undercards - Ruidong Zhou (3-1) vs Xiong Xiao (Pro debut), DianXing Zhu (3-0,2KO’s) vs Detao Wu (pro debut) and Wen Song Liu (2-1,2KO’s) vs Peng Huang (1-3-1,1KO).
This weigh-in and fights are supervised and sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Commission of China.
Photo – Ge Wenfeng (Left) and Suriyan Satorn pose during the weigh-in ceremony
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