Carlo Paalam Gets Real Shot at First Olympic Gold in Boxing

He refuses to say goodbye to Tokyo 2020.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam
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(SPOT.ph) After Hidilyn Diaz's gold medal in weightlifting and Nesthy Petecio's silver medal in featherweight boxing, a Filipino boxer is now on his way to the finals round of the men's flyweight event. Carlo Paalam won against Japan's Ryomei Tanaka in the semi-finals round today, August 5, assuring himself of at least a silver medal.

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam
Carlo Paalam moves on to the final round.
PHOTO BY Jerome AscaÑo/File Photo
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Paalam won by a unanimous decision after three rounds of scoring all 10s. His next match is on August 7, Saturday, against Great Britain's Galal Yafai. Eumir Marcial, on the other hand, bagged a bronze medal after his fight against Ukraine's Oleksandr Khyzhniak.

Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial
Eumir Marcial bagged a bronze medal, the third Olympic medal for the Philippines in Tokyo 2020.
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Boxing is the Philippines' most Olympic medal-producing sport. Bantamweght boxer José Villanueva won bronze in 1932 in Los Angeles, featherweight boxer Anthony Villanueva won silver in 1964 in Tokyo, flyweight boxer Leopoldo Serantes won bronze in 1988 in Seoul, flyweight boxer Roel Velasco bagged bronze in 1992 in Barcelona, and flyweight boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco clinched the silver medal in 1996 in Atlanta.

If Paalam wins a gold medal in the finals match, it would be the Philippines' first-ever top podium finish at the Olympics for boxing.

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