SEA Games: Stronger Thai fighter denies Marjon Piañar welterweight gold

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 06:29 PM

In his only bout in these SEA Games, Marjon Piañar (right) lost to Thailand's Wuttichai Masuk by unanimous decision in their welterweight gold-medal match. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines—Marjon Piañar, fighting for the first time in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, could not maximize his height and length advantage against Thailand's Wuttichai Masuk in their welterweight gold-medal match.

Instead, Piañar settled for a silver medal after losing a clear unanimous decision to the Thai boxer.

Piañar initially used his long arms to keep Masuk at bay in the first round, but he faltered once hit by his powerful opponent.

After breaking Piañar's guard, Masuk controlled the bout, ducking away from the Filipino's attempts while landing key blows to the head.

Piañar had received a bye to the finals of the welterweight class.

He is the second Filipino boxer to earn a silver in the SEA Games after Irish Magno.

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