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    Gabuco, three other boxers reach SEA Games semis to be assured of medal

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    Josie Gabuco's Thai foe shows she's a good sport.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    FOUR boxers led by Josie Gabuco advanced to the semifinals of the 30th Southeast Asian Games to clinch a medal on Wednesday at the PICC Forum.

    Gabuco, the reigning Asian champion, beat Raksat Chuthamat of Thailand, 4-1, in the light flyweight quarterfinals to assure herself of at least a bronze medal in the competition.

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    Bantamweight Aira Villegas beat Vongphachan Vilayphone of Laos, 5-0, while flyweight Irish Magno won over Hui Xin Yee Leona, 5-0, to also clinch at least a bronze in the SEA Games.

    Carlo Paalam also overwhelmed his opponent, winning over Khamsathone Khamphouvanh, 5-0, in his light flyweight quarterfinal bout.

    Meanwhile, Rogen Ladon, Charly Suarez, and John Marvin also open their campaign on Thursday as they also go for a semifinal berth against separate opponents.

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