Wed, 02 Aug 2000

Three home favorites crash, Bonix, Juan reach finals

SANUR, Bali (JP): Three Indonesian boxers crashed out on Tuesday of the semifinals of the 19th President's Cup international amateur boxing tournament while two reached the final.

Bara Gomies lost to Junie Tizon of the Philippines 13-21 in the welterweight division. The Indonesian tried hard to launch a combination of hooks and straight punches but Tizon avoid them and was more aggressive with his uppercuts.

Tizon will meet Norian of Iran in the final. Norian defeated Usmanullah Khan of Pakistan 11-9.

In the middleweight class, Joko Suryono made an early exit in the first round as he was an easy target for Italian Spada Domenico.

Domenico was given a victory when the referee stopped the contest. The Italian will challenge Russian Soloviev Alexzi, who beat Yousef Masas of Syria 18-14.

Syarif Hidayat of Indonesia, competing in the light middleweight division, had to bury his dreams of reaching the final as he was beaten 10-25 by Ihab Yousef of Syria.

Yousef will face Fragoneni Giacobbe of Australia, who beat compatriot Danny Green 18-9.

Earlier, Indonesian Bonix Saweho, competing in the light flyweight division, had to work hard before eliminating Chanthasone Xayyaphone of Laos 18-8 in the semifinals.

The young Indonesian will challenge B Wicjramasinghe of Sri Lanka, who narrowly beat Denny Hitarihum of Indonesia 16-14.

While Juan Saparipan reached the final after defeating Australian Justin Kane 27-16.

The Indonesian, competing in the bantamweight division, had shown great confidence from the beginning, punching his hard right hooks to the Australian's face.

Less than 100 spectators gave their support to Juan who was able to dominate the whole bout.

A combination of hooks and upper cuts from Juan made Kane's footwork effortless and the Indonesian was never short of punches.

Juan will meet Yuuji Kimura of Japan, who managed to beat Rico Morino of the Philippines 16-9. (Bona Beding)