MANILA, Philippines—Two more Filipino boxers are through to the semifinals and assured of bronze medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, but favorite John Marvin fell in the first hurdle at PICC Forum on Thursday.
Rogen Ladon was the first Filipino boxer to advance to the semifinals on Day 2 of competition, after seizing a majority decision over his Indonesia's Sugoro Aldoms in a men's flyweight (52 kg) clash.
Four of the five judges scored the bout in favor of Ladon, who is eyeing his first SEA Games gold medal.
"Napakasaya, siyempre, nakuha ko 'yung laban," said the 26-year-old boxer.
"Pinag-aralan muna namin 'yung stilo, kasi mahirap," Ladon said of his game plan. "Matibay din na kalaban 'yun. 'Yun ang pinakamatibay kong kalaban, saka 'yung Thailand."
"Pinag-aralan muna namin bago namin kinuha 'yung last round."
Later, Charly Suarez also advanced to the semifinals of the men's lightweight (60 kg) division after a second-round knockout of Myanmar's Min Arkar Paing.
He scored a knockdown in the second round and the Myanmar boxer was given a standing 8-count, before the referee eventually waved off the bout.
"Unexpected po 'yung nangyari," said Suarez, a two-time SEA Games gold winner. "Basta gawin ko lang 'yung best ko na manalo sa puntos. Hindi ko akalain na hindi aabot ng round (3)."
Marvin wanted to make it 3-for-3 on the day, but the reigning light-heavyweight SEA Games champion suffered a split decision loss to Vietnam's Truong Dinh Hoang.
Marvin suffered a knockdown in the first round and spent the rest of the bout trying to make up for it. While he recovered in the second round, the Vietnamese wound up getting the nod of 3 of the 5 judges to win.
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