SEA Games 2023: 9 Pinoy boxers advance to finals

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine boxing team is determined to bag as many gold medals as they can at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.

Nine Filipino boxers on the way to SEA Games boxing finals
Nine Filipino boxers on the way to SEA Games boxing finals | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Nesthy Petecio

As of Friday, May 12, nine (9) boxers will advance to the gold medal round, which will all happen on Saturday, May 13. Among the nine boxers gunning for a gold are Tokyo Olympian Carlo Paalam and Paul Bascon, who won last Thursday at the Chroy Changvar Convention Center in Cambodia.

Paalam will advance to the finals of the men’s 54kg class after defeating Timor Leste’s Edegar Foe Quintas Da Silva via unanimous decision. He will be fighting against Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro for the flyweight title. Meanwhile, Bascon knocked out Cambodia’s Touch Davit in the men’s 60kg semifinals. He will go against Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong for the gold.

According to Paalam, he is determined to “go all out” in the final match. “You can never tell what could go wrong (in the finals). On my end, I just have to stay focused and aggressive throughout the fight,’’ he said. The 24-year-old boxer's winning this SEA Games gold is a great motivation for him as he prepares for the qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The other seven (7) Filipino boxers are already assured of a silver medal but will punch their way to the coveted gold. They are:
  • Nesthy Petecio (featherweight)
  • Norlan Petecio (lightweight)
  • Rogen Ladon (flyweight)
  • Irish Magno (flyweight)
  • Ian Clark Bautista (featherweight)
  • John Marvin (light heavyweight)
  • Riza Pasuit (lightweight)

Marcus Manalo, secretary general of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) couldn’t be more proud of their team. He says they are ecstatic but prepared to face an even greater challenge. He said, “Obviously, we’re happy to have nine boxers in the finals. But the job is not done yet and we have to stay focused as there’s a bigger challenge in the finals.”

Stay tuned for more 32nd SEA Games updates on The Summit Express.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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