PH boxers punch gold medals


Carlo Paalam won his first gold in the Southeast Asian Games on Monday by beating Indonesian Langu Kornelis Kwangu by unanimous 5-0 decision in the men’s light flyweight boxing finals of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the PICC forum tent.

Paalam, 21, relied on his solid straight right and timely jabs to decimate his Indonesian foe throughout the three sets. The Cagayan De Oro boxer also delivered great counterpunching strategy despite his opponent’s aggressive assaults.

Filipino Carlo Paalam (right) trades blows with Indonesian Langu Kornelis Kwangu during the men’s light flyweight finals of the 30th Southeast Asia Games at the PICC Forum in Pasay City. PHOTO BY DJ DIOSINA

“Sobrang saya nanalo po ako, saka tiwala ng coaches at mga tao, at saka po sa panginoon maraming salamat (I am very happy that I won. So thankful to the trust of the coaches and the people and to God),” said Paalam to reporters.

Paalam though said that the sweetest win in this biennial meet was when he exacted revenged on Malaysian Muhammad Fuad Bin Mohamed Redzuan by unanimous 5-0 decision last Friday.

Redzuan him defeated two years ago in Malaysia SEA Games.

Paalam, after the Southeast Asian Games, said that his main goal next is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“That’s the ultimate goal of any boxers to reach the Olympics,” Paalam said in Filipino.

Rogen Ladon, meanwhile, captured his first gold medal in the biennial meet by crushing Thai Ammarit Yaodam by unanimous 5-0 decision in the men’s flyweight boxing division finals.

Josie Gabuco blasted Indonesian Endang via unanimous 5-0 decision to capture the women’s light flyweight gold.

Irish Magno was not fortunate, though, as she suffered defeat to settle for silver medal.

Magno lost to Vietnamese Thi Tham Nguyen by a majority decision in the women’s flyweight finals.



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