Philippine Boxers Forfeit at SEA Games


Philippines’ Junie Tizon gestures after surrendering after the first round during the Men’s middle weight 75kg boxing final at the SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima December 13, 2007. Thailand’s Suriya won to take the gold.
REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)

By VOA Sports – Larry Semillano (blue) was the only Philippine fighter to box Wednesday. Several Philippine boxers have forfeited their matches in gold medal bouts to protest what they called biased judging at the Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The decision whether or not to fight was left to each boxer. Two elected to forfeit at the opening bell and four more during their bouts.

One Filipino fighter, Larry Semillano, fought his bout but lost to Thai Olympic champion Manus Boonjamnong. The forfeits contributed to a Thai sweep of all 10 boxing gold medals.

In other events, Malaysia defeated Thailand in women’s basketball, 61-60 in the last round-robin match to take the gold. The Philippines won the men’s basketball title with a 94-53 victory over Thailand.

Malaysia won both field hockey finals taking the men’s event over Singapore, 7-0, and the women’s title over Thailand, 6-0. The Philippines won both softball gold medals, with the men’s team beating Indonesia, 11-2, and the women’s squad downing Singapore, 7-0.

Thailand won two golds in judo, while Malaysia and Vietnam took three golds each in karate. Thailand was best in taekwondo with three gold medals.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.


Philippines’ Junie Tizon gestures after surrendering after the first round during the Men’s middle weight 75kg boxing final at the SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima December 13, 2007. Thailand’s Suriya won to take the gold.
REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)


Philippines’ Orlando Tacuyan Jr. gestures after surrendering in the third round during the Men’s Feather weight 57kg boxing final at the SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima December 13, 2007. Thailand’s Sailom Adi won to take the gold.
REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)

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Comments

  1. Richelle says:

    Even in Sports, this country the Philippines is enveloped in politics. I totally disagree with the Filipino boxers’ decision to not fight. There are processes in place for protest. They should have done the job they were supposed to do and us taxpayers paid them to do and that is to perform in their sports as best they could. That’s it. If they win or lose, people will see that no matter what the outcome.

    The sad fact is, truth be told, the Filipino boxers were underdogs in all of Thursday’s bouts, with their strong Thai opponents including Boonjumong, 2007 world championship silver medalist Non Boonjumnong, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Petchkoom Worapoj and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Suriya Prasathinphimai.

    Alam nila talo na rin naman di mag protest na lang. Hay naku, pati ba naman sa sports meron EDSA?

  2. Ranger Boy of Thailand says:

    HEY!!!!!!!!!!!! Philipine you dont have sport spirit why you withdraw from men boxing. Are you scare? if you think this seagame is not fair or do you think we are cheat. Next year olympic at Beijing if your country is not a coward let fight with my country again.Olympic game is international sport game every sport is fair game. If you think you are top or you are the best meet me again at Beijing nexy year.

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