Olympic bronze medalist Eumir Marcial battered Thai opponent Peerapat Yeasungnoen to march to the gold medal round of the middleweight division in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Thursday.
Rogen Ladon was also victorious in the flyweight division, outclassing Thailand's Thanarat Saengpet to make his way to the finals.
Marcial, the reigning SEA Games middleweight champion, connected heavy blows on Peerapat, who was given a standing 8-count by the referee midway in the second round.
A left straight-right hook combination had the Thai reeling again, forcing his corner to throw the towel.
Marcial drew a bye in the men’s middleweight quarterfinals to meet Peerapat in the semis.
“I engaged him because I knew I can take his punches so I focused on counterpunching,” said Marcial.
The now professional boxer Marcial fights Timor Leste’s Delio Anzaqeci Mouzinho in the gold medal bout on Sunday.
Ladon, the reigning flyweight champion, also got the best in his exchange with Thanarat.
He secured a split decision to move to the finals in the men’s flyweight category.
Ladon earlier beat Malaysia's Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum Bin Ariffin to arrange the semis clash with the Thai.
James Palicte, meanwhile, was not as lucky after gassing out in his lightweight bout with Ferrand Papendang of Indonesia.