Josie Gabuco, a 28 yr old single mother, won the Southeast Asian Games Gold Medal for boxing. This was a make-or-break tournament after her run of defeats in major events last year.
Her experience was telling against Raksat Chuthamat, an up-and-comer from Thailand, as she focused on the scoring punches instead of the knockout blows in a 3-0 win for the gold medal. It was the fourth SEA Games title for Gabuco, and the first of five gold medals for the Philippines.
"Thanks to God, I've been given this opportunity to get this gold medal from the SEA Games," Gabuco said. "It's hard for me. Raksat is a good boxer — she received the bronze medal at the last world championships."
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