MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine national boxing team will try to deliver more golds for the country on Monday at the PICC Forum, when 10 fighters compete in the finals of their respective divisions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Five Filipino boxers on Sunday made it to the gold medal round, following in the footsteps of Josie Gabuco, Carlo Paalam, and Eumir Marcial who advanced last Friday. Already seeded in the finals are Nesthy Petecio and Marjon Pianar.
The Filipino boxers vowed to leave it all out in the ring on Monday, especially in front of their countrymen who are expected to pack the venue.
"Patay na kung patay," said Gabuco, who fights Indonesia's Endang Endang for the women's light flyweight title. "Huli na rin naman.”
Gabuco, who is aiming for a fifth Games gold, is determined to add to her collection. She is especially motivated as female boxers did not compete in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
"Ibubuhos ko na lahat kasi sobrang tagal din ng pinaghirapan namin para dito sa paghahanda dito," she said.
Rogen Ladon, who will take on Thailand's Ammarit Yaodam in a men's flyweight clash, shared a similar sentiment.
"Siyempre, last na 'to, kumbaga patay na kung patay, wala ng bukas 'to," he vowed.
"Wala ng bukas," Charly Suarez said, for his part. "(Monday) is the final, so I'll do my best. Gawin ko lang po ang makakaya ko po para manalo."
Suarez will battle Thailand's Khunatip Pidnuch in a men's lightweight clash.
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