Nguyen Thi Tam, Rogen Ladon and Sudaporn Seesondee proved their amazing skills in the semi-finals of the Southeast Asian Games

The second part of the semi-finals was held in the fourth competition day of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in Manila in the Philippines. Among the favourites of the Games Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam, Philippines’ Rogen Ladon and Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee proved their amazing technical skills.

The boxing tournament of the new edition of the Southeast Asian Games will be starting on December 4 while the finals are scheduled to take place on December 9. The Southeast Asian Games is a multisport event, holds every two years and in the region and several top boxers will be in action including medallists from the recent World and Asian Championships.

Nguyen Thi Tam vs. Irish Magno will be held in the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) Philippines’ Irish Magno has been involved to the national team in 2012 and developed her technical skills step by step. The 28-year-old Filipino flyweight (51kg) boxer tried to follow the well-built strategy against Thailand’s promising Jutamas Jitpong. Magno received punches from the Thai side but she was able to handle that tough tactical job in the front of the home crowd. The Filipino boxer will be meeting for the gold medal with Vietnam’s ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Nguyen Thi Tam who stopped Cambodia’s Nao Srey Pov in the second semi-final.

Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee won her second fight in Manila New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sudaporn Seesondee eliminated her main rival Vietnam’s ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ha Thi Linh already at the quarter-final of the lightweight (60kg). The 29-year-old Seesondee had easier job in the semi-finals against Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch and secured her place in the final. The second semi-final of the weight class was held between Philippines’ Riza Pasuit and Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Huswatun Hasanah which was won by the local boxer in a tight bout.

Rogen Ladon and Ammarit Yaodam are the finalists at the men’s flyweight (52kg) Philippines’ Doha 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist and Jakarta 2018 Asian Games runner-up Rogen Ladon controlled all of the three rounds against Singapore’s best male boxer Mohamed Hanurdeen Bin Hamid in the semi-finals of the men’s flyweight (52kg). His final opponent will be Thailand’s 27-year-old Ammarit Yaodam who had harder job against Timor Leste’s Jose Barreto Quintas Da Silva than he expected but finally his hand was raised after the last gong.

Thailand’s 19-year-old Khunatip Pidnuch is finalist in his third international event Thailand’s Khunatip Pidnuch arrived from the island of Phuket to the Southeast Asian Games which is only his third international tournament during his career. The 19-year-old Thai lightweight (60kg) boxer was quicker than Indonesia’s experienced Farrand Papendang and advanced to the final of the division. The Thai teenager will be boxing for the gold medal with Philippines’ Incheon 2014 Asian Games silver medallist Charly Suarez who controlled his fight against Vietnam’s Vu Thanh Dat.

James Palicte caused the top sensation of the day Philippines’ James Palicte was ASBC Asian Youth Champion in 2013 but he was not the favourite against Thailand’s Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Atichai Phoemsap in the semi-finals of the light welterweight (64kg). The 25-year-old Filipino exceeded all of the expectations and bowed out the top favourite of the weight category. Palicte’s final opponent will be Vietnam’s veteran Nguyen Van Hai who stopped Cambodia’s Yon Darath in the second semi-final.

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