Paalam punches way to semis, assured of an Olympic medal


FILIPINO boxer Carlo Paalam superior to the semifinals of the Tokyo Video games flyweight boxing event on Tuesday, assuring the Philippines will get one other Olympic medal. — REUTERS

FILIPINO boxer Carlo Paalam superior to the semifinals of the Tokyo Video games flyweight boxing event on Tuesday, assuring the Philippines will get one other Olympic medal.

The 23-year-old Bukidnon native secured his spot within the remaining 4 after defeating defending Olympic flyweight champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan by break up determination on factors, 4-0, of their quarterfinal conflict on the Kokugikan Enviornment in Tokyo.

Mr. Paalam got here out aggressive and took the battle to his opponent proper on the opening bell, connecting with strong blows to the top and physique en path to claiming the opening spherical.

Within the second, motion continued to be frenetic with each fighters tagging each other with clear pictures.

Sadly, halfway into the spherical each absorbed cuts after a head collision.

Ukrainian referee Pablo Vasylynchuk referred to as for a halt to the play to have the 2 fighters checked by the ring doctor.

With each fighters deemed unfit to proceed due to the slight gash of their heads, the battle was halted and awarded to Mr. Paalam, who was forward on factors on the time of stoppage, 20-19, on 4 judges and a tied 19-19 rating within the fifth official for a 4-0 win.

“We actually wished to take the opening spherical to place stress on my opponent. Fortunately, we have been in a position to do this and it affected how the battle went,” Mr. Paalam stated in Filipino after his win.

Ricky P. Vargas, president of the Affiliation of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, lauded the efforts of Mr. Paalam to make his technique to the medal rounds.

“He’s (Paalam) prepared… Extra than simply the preparation bodily, it’s his psychological focus that has introduced him the place he’s now. Take a look at his eyes, he actually desires it,” Mr. Vargas stated in an interview with TV5.

Mr. Paalam’s victory assured the Philippines will get a fourth medal within the Tokyo Olympics after the gold gained by weightlifter Hidilyn F. Diaz and people of boxers Nesthy A. Petecio (silver) and Eumir Felix D. Marcial (a minimum of bronze).

Within the semifinals set for Aug. 5, Mr. Paalam will face Ryomei Tanaka of Japan. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo



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