Cagayan de Oro City’s boxing pride and RP national team member Carlo Paalam beat Shin Jong-hun of Korea to win the light flyweight gold in the 2018 Konstantin Korotkov International Memorial Boxing Tournament held at Khabarovsk, Russia.

The young Paalam outsmarted the veteran Korean who was a silver medalist in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships.

photo by Alphie Campo

Watch his winning bout below.

 

Paalam earlier beat Kim Jang R­yong of North Korea via 3-2 split decision in the semifinals. See the fight below.

 

Shown below is Paalam with national coach Ronald Chavez.

photo by Marcus Jarwin Manalo

Watch the awarding ceremony below.

 

Paalam made an impression early by beating Boris Sidorov of Russia Team A in the quarterfinals, 5-0 in his first bout. Watch the fight below.

 

photo by Marcus Jarwin Manalo

Paalam is a protege of Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno who nurtured the young Paalam since he was 9 years old in his amateur boxing development program.

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