Josie Gabuco (2nd from left) wins in women’s light flyweight division in 2019 SEA Games. (Photo courtesy of Abraham Khalil Mitra//Games and Amusement Board)

A flu-ridden Josie Gabuco clinched gold in the women’s boxing light flyweight finals on Monday during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

Gabuco, a Palaweña born and raised lady boxer, landed several crucial overhand right hammers down Indonesia’s Endang throughout the bout, resulting in a unanimous decision, 5-0.


Gabuco (blue) on SEAG boxing stage fight against Indonesia’s Endang (red). (Photo courtesy of Abraham Khalil Mitra//Games and Amusement Board)


Lady boxer Gabuco, in a press statement, said that she only showed what she can do despite not being on top shape because of the flu.

“I had the flu since December 3 and it was really hard that I even told my coaches, but they believed in me — that I can still do it,” Gabuco said.

She maintained to be aggressive in her punches throughout the game, landing stiffer strikes in the third round.

Gabuco now has a total of five gold medals from her SEAG track.


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