Stars as Josie Gabuco and Chuthamat Raksat will be meeting in the first round of the Southeast Asian Games making the bout to the most anticipated one
The Official Draw of the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games was held in the Philippines today which confirmed the participation of 25 female and 51 male boxers in the multisport event. Philippines’ AIBA Women’s World Champion Josie Gabuco has to box as first with Thailand’s No.1 Chuthamat Raksat which could be the most anticipated fight of the first rounds of boxing in Manila.
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.
The boxing tournament of the Southeast Asian Games is scheduled in five female categories: light flyweight (48kg), flyweight (51kg), bantamweight (54kg), featherweight (57kg) and lightweight (60kg). The male part of the boxing event of the SEA Games will be held eight men’s weight classes in Manila: light flyweight (49kg), flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (64kg), welterweight (69kg), middleweight (75kg) and light heavyweight (81kg).
Philippines’ Jeju 2014 AIBA Women’s World Champion and defending ASBC Asian Women’s Champion Josie Gabuco is the top favourite for the gold medal at the female light flyweight (48kg) but she has to box first against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat already in the quarter-finals. The Thai boxer was two-time bronze medallist in the history of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships therefore their fight is one of the most anticipated one in the first round of the SEA Games.
Thailand’s New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Sudaporn Seesondee will have also hard job as first in the Southeast Asian Games. The 29-year-old lightweight (60kg) boxer will be meeting for the last four with Vietnam’s ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championships bronze medallist Ha Thi Linh.
Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro is the defending champion at the men’s flyweight (52kg) who has to box to the quarter-finals on Day1 and his first rival will be Myanmar’s Moe Zaw Myint. Indonesia’s next top boxer Farrand Papendang will be meeting with Malaysia’s promising Arfiqanie Bin Ahmad Anshori at the lightweight (60kg).
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