Two more PH boxers advance in OQT

Carlo Paalam and Irish Magno scored contrasting victories against their respective foes to advance to the quarterfinal of the 2020 Asia/Oceania Olympic boxing qualifying tournament (OQT) on Saturday at the Prince Hamzeh Hall in Amman, Jordan.

Paalam beat Ramish Rahmani of Afghanistan via unanimous decision (5-0) in the men’s flyweight class.

The 21-year-old pug from Cagayan De Oro City will face No. 1 seed Amit of India in the quarters.

Lady boxer Magno, meanwhile, won against Winnie Au of Hong Kong by way of second round stoppage. Magno, 27, virtually ran over Au for two rounds.

Magno will take on five-time world champion Meri Kom of India in the quarterfinals.

The other Filipino boxers who made it to the quarterfinals are Nesthy Petecio (women’s featherweight), Riza Pasuit (women’s lightweight) and Eumir Felix Marcial (men’s middleweight). All quarterfinal matches will be held on Monday with the winners securing an Olympic slot.

Petecio will face Japanese Sena Irie, Pasuit will battle Taiwanese Wu Yi Shih while Marcial will collide with Mongolian Byamba Erdene-Otgonbaatar.

Ian Clark Bautista lost by unanimous decision to Thai veteran Chatchai Decha Butdee also on Saturday, joining lightweight James Palicte on the sidelines.

“Now we have five, so we will aim for five qualifiers for Tokyo. But none of the five fights will be easy,” said Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines Executive Director Ed Picson in a media statement.

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