- Carlo Paalam is assured of the 2020 Olympic Bronze Medal after he defeated defending Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in a split decision
- The 23-year-old Pinoy boxer scored big after he rained punches on the fighter from Uzbekistan
- Before the fight, pundits considered Paalam a huge underdog against the defending Olympic champ
- Paalam’s win brought the medal tally of the Philippines to four, surpassing the country’s medal count during the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics
Carlo Paalam adds another Olympic medal to the haul of the Philippines after his win over Olympic defending champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, assuring himself of an Olympic Bronze Medal.
In a 4-1 split decision, the win was handed over to Paalam after the referee stopped the fight about 1 minute and 44 seconds into the second round of the bout.
Before the fight, pundits heavily favored defending Olympic champion and 2019 world champion Zoirov, while viewing Paalam as a huge underdog in their fight.
Despite the prevailing view about him, Paalam did not allow himself to be intimidated by the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2019 world champion Zoirov.
From the outset, Paalam showed aggressiveness, which helped him win the first round.
In round two, the 23-year-old Pinoy boxer kept on raining punches on the Uzbek without let up.
This went on until around 1:40 or 1:44, the two figured in an accidental head clash, resulting in both fighters sustaining cuts, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Paalam’s face was filled with great joy as his name was announced as the winner, while the Uzbek showed great disappointment that culminated in him walking out of the ring without extending a congratulatory greeting to the Pinoy boxer.
The win of the young Pinoy boxer brought the medal tally of the Philippines to four, the highest haul since the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics where the country earned three medals.
Paalam will face Ryomei Tanaka of Japan during the semifinal round on August 5. The fight is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Philippine Time.
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Carlo Paalam is an amateur Filipino boxer. He is number 12 in the men's flyweight division in April 2021. His first appearance in the Olympics was in July 2021. It was at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Before Paalam's epic win, the Philippines bagged its first gold in the history of the Olympics. Hidilyn Diaz won the gold medal in weightlifting. She has finally returned to the Philippines after 18 months. It can be recalled that she was stranded in Malaysia due to the lockdown before the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She arrived home via a Philippine Airlines flight along with her team and Filipina Olympic skateboard finalist Margielyn Didal.
Hidilyn Diaz expressed gratitude to the country’s flag carrier, Philippine Airlines. This, after PAL sponsored the Filipino Olympic athletes' travel to Tokyo, Japan for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Olympic gold medalist also thanked the airline for their faith in the national athletes. The Filipina weightlifter penned the said note during her flight from Tokyo to Manila.
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