Korean tearjerkers for boxers as official cries foul over contentious Asiad decisions
Mark Anthony Barriga lost via unanimous decision to Korean Shin Jonghun, even though the Philippine camp felt the 2012 Olympian was the clear winner in the fight. Reuben Terrado

INCHEON, South Korea — Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) executive director Ed Picson felt all three boxers who lost in the semifinals in the Asian Games on Thursday evening should have won their fights.

Light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga, bantamweight Mario Fernandez, and middleweight Wilfredo Lopez all fell by the wayside, settling for bronze medals in the event where the country has the best chance of landing a gold medal following the conquest of Daniel Caluag in BMX on Wednesday.

Only Charly Suarez remained to carry the fight for the Philippine boxing team as he eyes a gold medal on Friday against Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu of Mongolia. Suarez won in the afternoon session over a Kazakh fighter.

A stunned Picson believed Barriga, Fernandez, and Lopez should have won their fights.

“We thought we won all three bouts. But apparently, we are looking at different fights,” said Picson.

Fernandez lost Zhang Jiawei of China via unanimous decision while Lopez bowed to Jordan’s Odai Riyad Adel Alhindawi in their respective bouts.

Barriga, meanwhile, lost via unanimous decision to a Korean Shin Jonghun, even though the Philippine camp felt the 2012 Olympian was the clear winner in the fight.

“Mas malinaw ‘yung patama ni Mark. Pero alam mo naman ...” said coach Roel Velasco.

When asked what the Korean did to win the fight, Velasco said: “Sundot-sundot lang. Hindi naman siya umiiskor. Pero sa judges talaga ‘yung desisyon kaya wala tayong magawa.”

“I don’t know how the judges saw it but they are the ones who decide the matches. We just have to accept it,” said Picson, who also rued a loss by Ian Clarke Bautista to a Korean fighter.

Picson said he felt at least two of the Pinoy fighters on Thursday won convincingly.

“’Yung kay Willy (Lopez), obvious naman na sa skill at sa skill lang, malayo ‘yung Jordanian eh. ‘Yung kay Mark Barriga, kitang kita naman na nasasaktan na ‘yung Koreano,” Picson said.

“’Yung kay Mario Fernandez, kahit sabihin mo na close fight, sige ibibigay ko na sa kanila na close fight pero panalo kami doon,” he added.

Picson said the prevailing sentiment about the decisions is due to the new scoring system, which has been changed to a 10-point must-system recently just like the practice in the professional ranks.

“Hindi ko rin maintindihan kasi baka daw dahil bagong scoring system, etc. Nahihilo ako sa mga nangyayari sa totoo lang,” said Picson.


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