Perfect start for the Philippines in the opening day of the Southeast Asian Games where Gabuco eliminated her star rival
The first competition day of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games was held in the Philippines today where 25 female and 51 male boxers are attending in the multisport event. Altogether 13 fights were taking place in the opening day and among them Philippines’ Josie Gabuco eliminated her main rival Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat at the women’s light flyweight (48kg).
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.
Myanmar’s first medallists are Aye Nyein Htoo and Naing Latt Myanmar’s Aye Nyein Htoo is a 20-year-old talent who attended in the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament this July and her experiences paid off in her opening fight against Singapore’s Danisha Mathialagan at the women’s light flyweight (48kg). Following Aye’s success, Myanmar’s second guaranteed medal was achieved by Naing Latt who had a tough fight against Cambodia’s most experienced male boxer Nat Sieknin. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Naing who advanced to the semi-finals in the Southeast Asian Games.
Philippines’ Josie Gabuco eliminated her main rival in the bout of the first day Philippines’ Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and defending ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Josie Gabuco is a top hope from the host nation and the main gold medal contender of the female light flyweight (48kg). The 32-year-old Filipino had to meet in the quarter-finals first with 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 felt the support of the home crowd and defeated her world class Thai rival winning the quarter-final by 4:1.
Vietnam’s female duo impressed in the first day of boxing Vietnam’s female boxing life turned into a new era in 2017 when Ho Chi Minh City hosted the ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships. Their light flyweight (48kg) No.1 World Military Games bronze medallist Trinh Thi Diem Kieu controlled her fight against Laos’ Daomayuly Chanthilath on Day1. Vietnam’s next great success was delivered by ASBC Asian Women’s Elite Champion Nguyen Thi Tam who was quicker than Myanmar’s Nally Bawy Nei Sin at the flyweight (51kg).
Villegas and Paalam continued the host nation’s winning path Following Josie Gabuco’s fantastic success, the host nation’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Aira Villegas delivered the next success for the Philippines. The 24-year-old bantamweight (54kg) boxer was too smart for Laos’ Vilayphone Tawane-Vongphachan on Day1. In the second Philippines vs. Laos fight, Asian Games bronze medallist Carlo Paalam eliminated ASBC Asian Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Khamsathone Khamphouvanh in a superb fight.
Indonesia’s best duo also started their campaigns with successes Indonesia’s Kornelis Kwangu Langu is member of the national team since 2013 and won hard battles in the recent six years. The Indonesian light flyweight (49kg) boxer had a narrow fight against Vietnam’s Bui Cong Danh Loi and joined to the semi-finals in the Southeast Asian Games. Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro is the defending champion at the men’s flyweight (52kg) who had to box to the quarter-finals on Day1 and he succeeded against Myanmar’s Moe Zaw Myint. The third Indonesian male boxer Jill Mandagie lost to Thailand’s ASBC Asian Champion Chatchai Decha Butdee at the bantamweight (56kg).
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