ROGEN Ladon of Negros Occidental is more than happy to accept his silver finish in men’s boxing in the recently concluded 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia.
The pride of Bago City, Negros Occidental settled for the silver medal after the referee ended the match with 22 seconds remaining into the second round when Ladon suffered a cut above his left eye due to a head-butt by Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan.
Based on the Asian Games website, Latipov won via split decision after scoring 20-18, 20-18, 20-18, 19-19, 18-19.
In a media interview, Ladon said he cannot believe the outcome saying Latipov intentionally head-butted him to get away with the controversial victory.
He said he believes that he won the first round as he threw solid punches at his Uzbek opponent.
“Mas marami akong nai-tamang suntok sa kanya first round palang. Sinadya niya talaga yung pag head-butt sa akin para pomabor sa kanya ang laro,” he explained.
Despite the defeat, Ladon did not protest, citing that an Uzbek heads AIBA, the governing body of amateur boxing.
Ladon was assured of a silver medal after earning a unanimous decision win against Thai fighter Tongdee Yuttapong.
Meanwhile, for Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) secretary-general Ed Picson, Ladon is the real winner of the match.
Picson noted that Latipov did not throw punches in the opening round.
“As you saw, the scorecards reflected that the Uzbek won both rounds. So, there was no way that we could win it. But we firmly believed Ladon won that. No doubt about it,” he added.