Carlo Paalam, nakamit ang Silver Medal sa Tokyo 2020 Olympics matapos ang laban kay Galal Yafai ng UK

Carlo Paalam, nakamit ang Silver Medal sa Tokyo 2020 Olympics matapos ang laban kay Galal Yafai ng UK

- Carlo Paalam, the youngest member of the Philippine boxing team participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, settles for the silver medal

- This was after the Pinoy boxer bows down to Galal Yafai of Great Britain in the fight for the Olympics Gold Medal

- For Carlo and the rest of the Philippine boxing team, however, it is still a win considering that the 23-year-old boxer was a surprise winner and will bring home a silver medal

- Like his earlier fights, the odds are heavily against Carlo, though he did not mind the pundits and ended his past bouts with surprising finishes, which secured him an Olympic Silver early on

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Carlo Paalam ended his winning streak in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a Silver Medal.

Carlo Paalam, nakamit ang Silver Medal sa Tokyo 2020 Olympics matapos ang laban kay Galal Yafai ng UK
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The 23-year-old Pinoy boxer bowed to Galal Yafai of UK in a fight that ended with a split decision.

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While Carlo managed to launch some early shots on his opponent, Yafai managed to land a solid left on the Pinoy boxer’s jaw, flooring him and causing the referee to give him a standing eight count.

Carlo immediately recovered though the British did not slow down and kept on raining punches on the Pinoy boxer to gain the favor of all five judges during the first round.

In the second round, Carlo relied on his discipline and while he managed to find his range, the Pinoy boxer still trailed Yafai as both fighters headed to the final round.

At the beginning of the third round, the Pinoy boxer already knew the odds are against his favor, which is why he gave it his all during that last round.

Yafai, however, wisely kept his distance and even though Carlo continued his push, his efforts were not enough to earn him the gold medal.

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Judges scored the bout, four of them gave Yafai 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, while only one favored Carlo with a score of 28-29.

While Carlo wasn’t able to get the gold medal in his Olympic journey, the silver medal that he picked up was a far cry from what he used to pick up with his father in Cagayan de Oro.

Carlo’s humble beginnings, which tells the story of a 10-year-old boy picking garbage to help his family get through the day, inspired a lot of Filipinos.

A little over ten years from that moment, Carlo is now among the world’s best amateur flyweight fighters with an Olympic silver medal in his cap.

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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. Read more:

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Carlo shocked defending Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov when he won over the fighter from Uzbekistan in a split decision, which assured him of the 2020 Olympic Bronze Medal at the time. 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.

In the fight for the silver medal, Carlo again won over hometown favorite, Ryomei Tanaka, in a stunning victory that secured the Pinoy boxer the silver medal and a path to the gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 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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