Simangunsong and Lumbantobing knocked out their rivals in the Indonesian National Games
Fifteen contests were held in the fourth competition day at the Indonesian National Games where further quarter-finals took place. The men’s flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg) boxers were in action in the fourth day of boxing in the National Games. Grece Savon Simangunsong and Saroha Tua Lumbantobing both won their quarter-finals by early KOs in the Games.
The event is the return for the Indonesians to the national competitions after a long period due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The region of Papua is the host of the 20th edition of the Indonesian National Games where boxing is a popular sport and many of their previous stars and veterans decided to return to the stage. Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta hosted the last edition of the Asian Games in 2018 and their boxers earned two medals in that event. Indonesia also sent boxers to the Dubai 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships.
Impressive number of 59 women boxers are attending in the National Games in seven weight classes: 45kg, 48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg and 64kg. The number of the male boxers is 74 in the event and their best hopes can attend in ten different categories: 46kg, 49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 81kg and 91kg. The women’s 45kg and the men’s 46kg weight classes are additional divisions in the Indonesian National Games.
Aldoms Suguro won the title of the flyweight (52kg) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 27-year-old boxer arrived to Papua as the titleholder of the national event. The smart boxer represents DKI Jakarta in this National Games and he proved his excellent technical skills against Rahul Buamona. Suguro will be meeting in the semi-finals with Novi Sahuleka while one of his main rivals, Ingatan Ilahi knocked out his rival in the quarter-final stage.
Julius Bria won the Southeast Asian Games in 2011 and the veteran boxer decided to return to the national event in his best category, at the bantamweight (56kg). Bali’s Bria was enough experienced to beat a younger rival, Roberto Ermando and he is now guaranteed medallist in the National Games. One of the national team members of this weight class, Simon Makerawe eliminated Seblum Zeth Erlanga Numberi and also advanced to the semi-finals. The best contest in this weight category was held between Lucky Agusto Hari and Jill Mandagie which was the closest bouts of the day. Hari worked slightly better in their bout and bowed out one of his main rivals in the National Games already in the last eight.
DKI Jakarta’s Matius Mandiangan has got also more than ten years of experiences in the boxing events and the 30-year-old boxer had all of the advantages against Lewi Canra Rupikora. Despite of his outstanding experiences, Mandiangan had to do his very best to eliminate his rival in the quarter-finals of the lightweight (60kg). National Games winner Gresty Alfons proved larger differences in his contest and marched to the semi-final after beating Michael Francisco Paulo.
Grece Savon Simangunsong has got international experiences from the recent four years and he used his strength to decide his quarter-final quickly. The welterweight (69kg) boxer knocked out Hendrikus Kunil Basil in the first round and he is now a medallist in Papua. ASBC Asian Boxing Championships competitor Saroha Tua Lumbantobing also won his quarter-final by KO and joined to the last four.
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