Carlo Paalam, binuhay ang pag-asa ng bansa makamtan isa pang Gold Medal matapos talunin si Ryomei Tanaka

Carlo Paalam, binuhay ang pag-asa ng bansa makamtan isa pang Gold Medal matapos talunin si Ryomei Tanaka

- Carlo Paalam is not ready to say goodbye as he defeats hometown favorite, Ryomei Tanaka, to bag a sure Silver Medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

- The Bukidnon-born Carlo also raised the hopes of the entire country for a shot at a second Olympics Gold Medal

- Relying on his poise, Carlo dominated the Japanese Tanaka to win a unanimous decision and advance to the men’s division flyweight final round

- Carlo’s silver is the second after Nesthy Petecio secured the first in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Games

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Carlo Paalam assures another Silver Olympic Medal for the Philippines with his convincing win over hometown favorite Ryomei Tanaka!

Carlo Paalam, binuhay ang pag-asa ng bansa makamtan isa pang Gold Medal matapos talunin si Ryomei Tanaka
Photo: Carlo Paalam (@paalamcarlo)
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Along with Carlo’s assured silver is the hope for a second Olympic Gold Medal.

The Bukidnon-born Carlo banked on his poise to defeat the Japanese favorite, Tanaka, for a chance to win the elusive Gold Medal in boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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During the opening round, Tanaka appeared very aggressive as the Japanese closed in on the Pinoy boxer.

However, Carlo utilized his opponent’s aggressiveness by finding holes in the Japanese offensive, allowing him to land body shots, which helped convince all five judges to hand victory to the Filipino boxer.

His defensive prowess also allowed the Pinoy boxer to launch a well-timed counterattack, landing solid punches to the Japanese boxer’s head.

In the third round, Tanaka looked gassed out while Carlo continued with his defensive-offensive tactics, sealing the round with a classic finish.

The semifinal victory of Carlo, along with an assured silver medal, is the second won by the Philippines in the ongoing Summer Games after lady boxer Nesthy Petecio secured the first one in the featherweight women’s division.

Carlo is set to battle for the Olympic Gold Medal in boxing on August 7, Saturday, at around 1 p.m. Philippine Time.

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If successful, he will be the first to bring home the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, and the second gold after Hidilyn Diaz won the first one.

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Carlo Paalam is an amateur Filipino boxer born in Bukidnon but spent almost a third of his childhood in Cagayan de Oro. He was born on July 16, 1998 in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental and when he was six years old, he and his family moved to Cagayan de Oro in search for better opportunities. When they arrived there, Carlo worked at a landfill as a scavenger. His neighbor, upon seeing him in a boxing match in a backyard encouraged him to enter a local tournament called “Boxing at the Park.” He won his first match at 7 years old and then used proceeds from his winnings to buy rice for his family. In April of 2021, Carlo became number 12 in the men's flyweight division. His first appearance in the Olympics was in July 2021 at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

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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.

The coach of Carlo Paalam was a former boxer. He gave the young Paalam a chance to improve his life through boxing. Now, he is already assured of the bronze medal.

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