photo by Marcus Jarwin Manalo

Cagayan de Oro’s Carlo Paalam defeated Tu Powei of Chinese Taipei via unanimous decision (5-0) to advance to the quarterfinals of the 18th Asian Games men’s boxing competitions at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Fighting in the light flyweight division, Paalam proved too fast for his opponent to win on all judges’ score cards, 30-26, 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27.

He will now face Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussopov for a shot of at least a bronze medal.

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