Barriga into finals, Saludar bows out

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FORMER Barangay Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte mainstays Mark Anthony Barriga and Rey Saludar figured in contrasting fates Friday in boxing semi-finals of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex in Myanmar.
Panabo City-born Barriga, a London Olympian, escaped a 2-1 win over Mohd Fuad Mohd Reuvan of Malaysia in men's 46-49 kgs. division to arrange a gold medal bout opposite Konelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia, a 3-0 winner over Bounpone Lasavonesy of Laos.

Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar, for his part, bowed to Mg Nge of Myanmar, 0-3, in men's 52 kgs.

Saludar, in a Facebook chat interview, said, "Pildi ko sa desisyon pero ako dapat ang daug. Tanang coaches nako nag ingon nga daug gyud ko. Wala gyud ko maglisod atong laban (I lost via decision but I should have really won. All my coaches said I won the fight. I didn't have a hard time with that fight)."

He said the scores were not even announced nor flashed on the TV screens at the venue. The scores were only released later.

Saludar said in the vernacular, "I was really shocked that my rival won. I couldn't believe that he won the fight. I was really wondering why."

Davao del Sur's Nesthy Alcayde Petecio, a finalist in women's 57 kgs., said: "Daya jud kaayo ang laban ni Kuya Rey (Rey was cheated in his fight)."

Saludar posted on his Facebook, "Bronze lang talaga ang mauwi ko sa Pilipinas. Salamat sa Panginoon at binigyan nya ako ng isang medalya na maiuuwi ko sa Pilipinas."

He also thanked Ed and Karina Picson for believing in him and saying that he won the fight. He also cheered his seven other teammates who were playing in the finals as of yesterday presstime, saying, "Good luck sa inyong lahat. God bless you!"

Petecio, however, expressed concern as she was set to clash against a Myanmar boxer for the gold in her category.

"Ka-final pud biya nako kay taga Myanmar... hehehe (My finals opponent is also from Myanmar)," Petecio said.

Aside from Barriga and Petecio, other Filipino pugs who were set to fight for golds as of this writing were Mario Fernandez, Junel Cantancio, Dennis Galvan, Wilfredo Lopez and Josie Gabuco.

Fernandez defeated Tran Quoc Viet of Vietnam, 3-0, to collide with Donchai Thathi of Thailand for the men's 56 kgs. gold while Cantancio won on the same note over Muhamad Ridhwan Ahmad of Singapore to arrage a titular showdown with Sayiom Ardee of Thailand in 60 kgs.

Galvan edged Ericok Amanopunyo of Indonesia, 2-1, in men's 64 kgs to next play against Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand even as Lopez overcame Alex Tatontos of Indonesia, 2-1, to battle Wailin Aung of Myanmar in men's 75 kgs.

Gabuco subdued Sonrka Chanthavonrsa of Laos, 3-0, in women's 45-48 kgs to face Beatrix Suguro of Indonesia, a 2-1 victor over Thet Hter San of Myanmar, in the finals.

Meanwhile, Davao City karateka Rexor Romaquin Tacay of the Philippines lost to Ngoc Thanh Nguyen of Vietnam, 6-2, in the first round of the karate men's individual kumite -67 kilograms event at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A yesterday.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 15, 2013.

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