7 Pinoy pugs bag golds

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    FILIPINO boxers punched their way to seven gold medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday, highlighted by a sensational first round stoppage scored by Eumir Felix Marcial over his Vietnamese foe.

    World women’s champion Nesthy Petecio bannered the Filipino pugs’ campaign, winning the gold in the 57 kg class (featherweight) with a 5-0 shutout of Nwe Ni Oo of Myanmar at the PICC Forum.

    Also winning gold medals were Carlo Paalam (light-flyweight), Rogen Ladon (flyweight), Josie Gabuco (women’s light-flyweight), James Palicte (light-welterweight), Charly Suarez (lightweight), and Marcial (middleweight).

    In all, the Filipinos topped seven of 13 events at stake to win the overall title.

    Thailand accounted for five golds while the other gold was won by Vietnam.

    Marcial, silver medal winner in the last AIBA World Championships, provided the highlight of the night, winning won the 75 kg class (middleweight) with a first round knockout of Vietnamese Manh Cuong Nguyen.