Carlo Paalam wins gold in ASBC Asian championships | Inquirer Sports

Carlo Paalam wins gold in ASBC Asian championships

/ 03:41 PM November 13, 2022
Philippines' Carlo Paalam reacts as he fights Britain's Galal Yafai during their men's fly (48-52kg) boxing final bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 7, 2021.

FILE – The Philippines’ Carlo Paalam reacts as he fights Britain’s Galal Yafai during their men’s fly (48-52kg) boxing final bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / POOL / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino bantamweight Carlo Paalam clinched the gold medal in the 2022 ASBC Asian Elite Men & Women Boxing Championships at Amman, Jordan on Saturday.

Paalam, a silver medalist in the Tokyo Olympics, ruled the -54kg class after a 4-1 split decision win over Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan in the final.

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Sabyrkhan, the division’s top seed in the tournament, was the silver medalist in last year’s AIBA World Boxing Championships.

Paalam’s golden feat followed a pair of podium finishes by Nesthy Petecio (women’s featherweight) and Hergie Bacyadan (women’s middleweight)

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Petecio and Bacyadan took home bronze medals in their respective divisions on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Petecio, who also won silver at the Tokyo Games, lost to Karina Ibragimova of Kazakhstan, 5-0, in the women’s 57kg featherweight semifinal.

Bacyadan, meanwhile, Ruzmetova Sokhiba of Uzbekistan, 3-2, in the women’s 75kg middleweight semis.

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