Cagayan de Oro’s Carlo Paalam, who started as a young prospect in City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s pool of young talented boxers, is now ranked 3rd in the world after bagging a bronze medal in the recent AIBA World Youth Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Paalam was the country’s lone medalist in the tournament which brought in the world’s top amateur youth fighters.

Paalam fighting in the light flyweight category beat Colombia’s Pedro Alarcon, Ireland’s Jordan Moore, and Russia’s Volodya Mnatsakanyan en route to the semifinals where he narrowly lost a split decision to India’s Sachin. LINK. See final results below.

Paalam (wearing medal) together with Coach Ronald Chavez (left) and the other members of Philippine team during their courtesy call on Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

photo grabbed from Ronald Chavez’ FB account

Boxing analysts say Carlo Paalam is an Olympic material. He first started as among the young prospects in Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s pool of young talented boxers.

Here’s the latest world rankings by AIBA.

Full rankings HERE.

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