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SEA Games: Rogen Ladon in close victory vs Indonesian for semis

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By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

Filipino Rogen Ladon advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 52-kg division by narrowly beating Indonesian Aldoms Suguro Thursday in the boxing competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the PICC Forum.

Philippines' Rogen Ladon (red) faces Indonesia's Aldoms Suguro (blue) during the 52kg men's fly weight boxing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at PICC Tent in Pasay, December 5, 2019. (MB Photo / Czar Dancel)

Philippines’ Rogen Ladon (red) faces Indonesia’s Aldoms Suguro (blue) during the 52kg men’s fly weight boxing in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at PICC Tent in Pasay, December 5, 2019. (MB Photo / Czar Dancel)

Though it was a 4-1 deci­sion, the closeness of the fight was reflected in the scores – 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.

The Negros Occidental native kept his patience in the first two rounds, stalking his prey and studying his moves before pouring on the heat.

“Matibay ‘yung kala­ban eh. Pinag-aralan muna namin,” said the 26-year-old Ladon. “Hometown natin ‘to. Pakita natin ‘yung galing natin.”

James Palicte, Ian Clark­ Bautista and Eumir Felix Mar­cial, meanwhile, advanced to the semis of their divisions after drawing byes.

Last Wednesday, four Philippine bets scored smash­ing victories and moved on to the semis.

Former world champion Josie Gabuco, Aira Villegas, Irish Magno, and Carlo Paalam won their respective quarter­final matches at the start of the boxing competitions.

Paalam, Villegas and Mag­no won their bouts via shut­outs, with only the 32-year-old Gabuco, winner in the 2012 AIBA World Champion­ship, receiving stiff resistance from Thai opponent Raksat Chuthamat in the women’s light-flyweight division.

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