The Jakarta Post
Indonesian Sunan Agung Amoragam had to settle for a bronze medal after losing 5-0 to Uzbekistan’s Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov in their men’s bantamweight semifinal match at the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Friday.
He shared the bronze with Chinese Xu Boxiang, who walked over in another semifinal against North Korea’s Jo Hyo-nam.
Clad in red trunks, the 20-year-old Amoragam could not match his more experienced opponent, who landed more points with perfect punches.
Speaking after the match, Amoragam said that besides lack of experience, the main cause of his defeat was his poor start, which was then taken advantage of by Mirzakhalilov.
“He is a strong rival and I was outclassed by his experience. My strategy to create a safe distance from his punch failed after a poor start,” he said.
Coach Adi Swandana said Amoragam had the same technique as his opponent, but it was merely a matter of experience that set them apart.
“Amoragam only lacks of experience, but overall he played well today,” he said.
Enroute to the semifinals, the North Maluku-born Amoragam defeated boxers from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq - who all have a strong tradition of boxing.