SEA Games boxing: Gutsy Hanurdeen claims silver for Singapore | Singapore Informer

SINGAPORE: A gutsy performance from Singapore’s Hanurdeen Hamid saw him win silver in the men’s flyweight (52kg) final on Wednesday (Jun 10). 

Hanurdeen, who was attempting to break a 30-year drought for Singapore’s boxers, went down to Philippines’ Ian Bautista.

The judges scored the fight 2-1 in the Filipino’s favour. Hanurdeen was on the receiving end of several bruising blows from Bautista, leaving the Singaporean boxer with a badly cut left eyelid.

Hanurdeen with a badly cut eyelid (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

“I really wanted to perform well,” said Hanurdeen who teared up after the match. “Nobody likes being second, especially on home ground. With one eye, I managed to complete three rounds – I think that’s a good performance.”

“I just did the best I can to recover. In the final, I had to literally box with one eye because I couldn’t see with the other. This is no excuse but really I couldn’t see with one eye,” he added. 

Prior to the gold medal bout, Bautista had three straight wins in the competition, defeating Malaysia’s Muhammad Azuwan and Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee 3-0 and 2-1 respectively. He also knocked out Laos’ Thongbang Seuaphom on Monday. 

In the men’s welterweight event, Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei was knocked out in the second round by Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines.

Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei taking on Eumir Felix Marcia (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

The former junior world champion had Tay in the corner and rained a flurry of punches to his head. A vicious left hook sent Tay crashing to the canvas. With that, the Filipino won the bout to end Singapore’s hopes of winning a first SEA Games…

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