Gold for Paalam in ASBC Asian boxing tilt, Petecio settles for bronze

ANOTHER GOLD from Carlo Paalam, 3rd left, in the ASBC Asian Boxing Championship in Amman, Jordan, while Nesthy Petecio, 3rd right, settled for the bronze medal. Here they are shown with their fellow Olympians when they were feted by the city after their Tokyo Olympics feat in November last year. Here the Philippine Olympic team flank mayor Benjamin Magalong after the ceremony. Pigeon Lobien

Moving up weight is no problem for University of Baguio student and Olympic silver medalist Carlo Paalam after stunning 2021 world championships silver medalist Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan and eke out a split decision to win the 54 kilogram gold medal in the ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan over the weekend.

The flyweight silver medalist during the last Summer Olympic was clearly sharp even after moving up to bantamweight in the Jordan games where he earned a 30-27 decision from a United Arab Emirates judge and identical 29-28 nods from three other judges from Slovakia, India and Ireland.

Only one judge, from Italy, gave the fancied Kazakh fighter a 29-28 score.

Paalam won a silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics had wins over Sanzhai Seidekmatov of Kyrgyzstan in the semifinals to pave the way for his fight against Sabyrkhan in the finals.

He earlier defeated Muhanov Dovlet of Turkmenistan and Joosung Yoon of South Korea.

It was the best production for the Filipino boxers after two bronze medals from fellow Tokyo Olympics silver medalist and also from U, Nesthy Petecio (57 kg. women) and Hergie Bacyadan in the women’s 75kg middleweight class. Pigeon Lobien



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