Perfect day for Thailand in the first part of the semi-finals at the Southeast Asian Games
The first part of the semi-finals was held in the third competition day of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in Manila in the Philippines. Altogether 12 fights were on the schedule of Day3 when all of Thais defeated their rivals and advanced to the finals of the Southeast Asian Games.
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.
Gabuco vs. Endang in the final of the women’s light flyweight (48kg)
Philippines’ Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and defending ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Josie Gabuco eliminated her main rival, Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat who claimed two bronze medals in the recent editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. Gabuco ticked her more difficult job in the quarter-finals and she boxed better against Vietnam’s Trinh Thi Diem Kieu in the last four. The 32-year-old Filipino will be meeting for the gold medal of the light flyweight (48kg) with Indonesia’s Endang who controlled her semi-final against Myanmar’s Aye Nyein Htoo.
Thailand’s tall Nilawan Techasuep eliminated her Filipino rival at the women’s featherweight (57kg)
Thailand’s ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships silver medallist Nilawan Techasuep had to meet with her top rival in the semi-finals, Philippines’ Aira Villegas who was also in the Top8 at the Ulan-Ude 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The taller Thai featherweight (57kg) boxer was slightly better in their semi-final, used the long distance tactic well. Techasuep will be boxing for the title of the Games with Vietnam’s newly crowned National Champion 20-year-old Do Nha Uyen who eliminated Indonesia’s Ratu Silpalau.
Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee bowed out her main rival at the women’s lightweight (60kg)
Techasuep’s teammate AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sudaporn Seesondee had a tough fight also in the semi-finals of the Southeast Asian Games when she met with Vietnam’s Ha Thi Linh at the lightweight (60kg). The Vietnamese boxer was bronze medallist at the ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Bangkok and performed well against Seesondee who had to do her very best to advance to the finals. The second semi-final of the weight class between Philippines’ Riza Pasuit and Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah will be held after the rest day on December 8.
Carlo Paalam and Kwangu Langu are the finalists of the men’s light flyweight (49kg)
Philippines’ Jakarta 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist Carlo Paalam was the favourite against Malaysia defending Southeast Asian Games winner Muhamad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan and he worked well to eliminate his experienced rival. In the second semi-final of the men’s light flyweight (49kg) Indonesia’s Kornelis Kwangu Langu triumphed over Cambodia’s 19-year-old Sao Rangsey therefore the dream final has been realized in the Southeast Asian Games.
Thailand’s Chatchai Decha Butdee and Wuttichai Masuk both dominated their semi-finals on Day3
Thailand’s ASBC Asian Champion and AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Chatchai Decha Butdee had also an opponent from the host country’s squad, Ian Clark Bautista. The Thai bantamweight (56kg) boxer knew his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses from their previous contests and he was able to beat Bautista on their re-match once again. Butdee’s final opponent will be Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Duong who defeated Myanmar’s Naing Latt in the second semi-final of the division. Butdee’s teammate Asian Games winner Wuttichai Masuk was better in all aspects of boxing against Indonesia’s Grece Savon Simangunsong and also secures his place in the final.
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