Veteran male boxers shined in the semi-finals of the Indonesian National Games

The men’s semi-finals took place in the seventh competition day at the Indonesian National Games where the winners advanced to the finals and joined to their female compatriots. Several of Indonesia’s returning male veterans as Julio Bria, Matius Mandiangan and Eriko Amanupunyo advanced to the finals of the Games.

The men’s flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), lightweight (60kg), light welterweight (64kg), welterweight (69kg), middleweight (75kg), light heavyweight (81kg) and heavyweight (91kg) boxers were in action in the seventh day of boxing in the Indonesian National 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.

DKI Jakarta’s Aldoms Suguro won the gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games and he has got nine years of experiences in the international events. The 27-year-old boxer controlled all of the three rounds against Maluku’s Novi Sahuleka and marched to the final of the flyweight (52kg). His final opponent will be Ingatan Ilahi who also dominated his semi-final and bowed out Yosua Holy Masihor.

Bali’s veteran boxer Julius Bria was gold medallist already at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and competed in all levels of boxing excluding the Olympic Games. Bria returned to the ring in top shape and eliminated another experienced boxer, Simon Makerawe in the first semi-final of the bantamweight (56kg). Bria will be meeting for the gold medal with Maluku’s Yulius Frando Lumoly who surprisingly defeated Lucky Hari in Papua.

DKI Jakarta’s Matius Mandiangan is a 30-year-old boxer who competed first in the international stage still in 2009 therefore he had all of the experiences to beat Bali’s Yulius Babu Eha. Mandiangan will be facing for the title of the lightweight (60kg) with Walmer Pasiale who had a surprise success over Papua’s Gresty Alfons. Asian Games quarter-finalist and three-time ASBC Asian Boxing Championships competitor Farrand Papendang defeated Bali’s Jekri Riwu and will be meeting for the gold medal with his main rival, Alfino Caesar Nanlohy at the light welterweight (64kg).

Saroha Tua Lumbantobing knocked out his quarter-final opponent in the National Games and he continued that amazing performance against Mendy Yikwa delivering another KO triumph. He will be boxing against Saputra Samada as next for the title of the welterweight (69kg) after the rest day. Indonesia’s amazing young hope, 20-year-old Maikhel Roberrd Muskita used his strength to stop his semi-final opponent, and after that success he is also favourite against Cakti Dwi Putra in the final of the middleweight (75kg). Bram Hendra Betaubun (81kg) and Eriko Amanupunyo (91kg) looked confident in their semi-final.

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