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article imageFilipino boxers go for gold in Asian Games Thursday

By Leo Reyes     Sep 30, 2014 in Sports
At least four boxers of the Philippine boxing contingent in the ongoing Asian Games in South Korea are aiming for their individual gold medals when they face their semi final opponents Thursday in Inchon.
The four amateur boxers who have good chances of winning a gold medal include lightweight Charly Suarez who made it to the semi finals on Monday, light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga, bantamweight Mario Fernandez and middleweight Wilfredo Lopez.
Suarez made it to the gold medal contention when he scored a unanimous decision over Iraq’s Ammar Jabar Hasan at the Seonhak Gymnasium.
The 26-year-old Filipino will face Jordanian Mohammada Mustafa Alkasbeh in the semifinals on Thursday for the silver and a shot at the gold medal for the Philippines.
Barriga, who represented the Philippines in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, scored another victory Tuesday over Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan via split decision.
Fernandez avenged his loss to against Shiva Thapa of India when he scored a unanimous decision Tuesday for a shot at the gold.
Lopez stopped Mongolia’s Shinebayar Narmandakh in the first round Yuesday to join Suarez, Barriga and Fernandez in the semis.
The Philippines has not won a gold medal in the ongoing Asian Games competition owing to its lean delegation in the ongoing XVII Asiad.
Boxing and basketball are two of the entries that the Philippines could hope for a medal. So far it has won bronze and there is now a good chance of winning a gold in the upcoming finals.
The country failed to score medal in basketball when the the Philippine team lost very close games in the qualifying matches.
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