Cagayan de Oro’s Carlo Paalam is slowly rising as among the country’s best amateur boxers today after winning the gold in the light flyweight division in the prestigious President’s Cup Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. His feat was remarkable as he was the lone foreigner to bag the gold in the tough tournament which showcased some of the best fighters in the amateurs today.

In a report from, the 19-year old Paalam beat Kazakhstan’s Askhat Zhusupov by points, avoiding a sweep by the host country which took home 12 of the 13 gold medals at stake. Shown below is Paalam with the Philippine flag during the awarding ceremony. Paalam is a product of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno’s boxing program.

photo grabbed from Carlo Paalam’s Facebook page

Watch the country’s national anthem being played during Paalam’s awarding ceremony.

Meanwhile, Paalam’s compatriot Mario Fernandez of Bukidnon settled for the silver after losing to London Olympian Ilyas Suleymenov of Kazakshtan. Nesthy Petecio also took home a bronze in the distaff side. See the three medalists below.

photo by Marcus Jarwin Manalo

Paalam is currently ranked 3rd in the world after bagging a bronze medal in the AIBA World Youth Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia last January 2017. Read link below.

Oro boxer now ranked 3rd in the world after bagging bronze in World Youth Championships

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