It was a clean sweep for the Philippines in boxing as all five fighters who saw action Sunday punched their ticket to the gold medal matches. The five will join light flyweights Carlo Paalam and Josie Gabuco and middleweight Eumir Marcial in their hunt for golds.
The unbeaten run was opened by Irish Magno in the women's flyweight category. The Philippines struggled against Thailand in their semifinal pairings but Magno made sure she will not be a victim of the other regional powerhouse.
Magno scored a split decision victory against Jutamas Jitmong with four judges scoring it for the Filipina puncher (30-27 thrice and 29-28 once) while one judge had it 29-28 for the Thai.
2016 Rio Olympian Rogen Ladon followed it up quickly with an easy victory against Singapore's lone remaining bet in the boxing competitions in Mohamed Hanurdeen . Ladon started fast in the opening set as he landed a high percentage of the punches that he threw. Hamid gained momentum in the second by connecting on his combinations but Ladon never lost control of the match. He poured it on again in the third leading to the shutout victory. Judges had it 30-25, 30-26, 30-27 twice, and 29-28 for Ladon.
Lightweight Charly Suarez, who made short work of his quarterfinal opponent, easily toppled Vu Thanh Dat of Vietnam. He launched his attacks with fervor as he aimed for a stoppage win. However, Vu managed to stay on his feet for the whole match but he was given a standing eight count after one of Suarez's big onslaughts. It was another clean shutout for the Philippines with four judges giving it to Suarez 30-27 and the other scoring it for him 30-26.
The success continued in the second session of boxing competitions with lightweight Riza Pasuit defeating Indonesia's Huswatun Hasanah via decision. Pasuit got the nod of four judges 30-27 and 29-28 thrice with one judge siding with the Indonesia 29-28.
The dominant performance was capped by lightweight James Palicte as the Philippines got another huge win against Thailand as he defeated Atichai Phoemsap. It was another 4-1 decision in favor of the Filipino pug 30-27 twice and 29-28 twice with Judge 2 siding with the Thai 29-28.
Two more Filipino bets in featherweight World Champion Nesthy Petecio and welterweight Marjon Pianar are also safely into the finals which will happen Monday.