5 PH boxers gun for Olympic berths

March 08, 2020

AMMAN, Jordan — The Philippine boxing team went two of three on the final day of preliminaries in the Asia-Oceana Olympics Qualification Tournament Saturday at the Prince Hamzeh in this ancient capital city.

Carlo Paalam and Irish Magno hurdled their assignments to join early quarterfinalist featherweight Nesthy Petecio, middleweight Eumir Marcial and lightweight Riza Pasuit.

The quarters will be held Saunday and Monday.

The soft-spoken Paalam,  21, dazzled against Afghanistan’s Ramish Rahmani to get the nod of all five judges for a unanimous 5-0 decision.

The 27-year old Magno had an even more stellar performance as she easily disposed of Winnie Au of Hong Kong in an abbreviated RSC2 (Referee Stopped Contest, 2nd round).

Veteran campaigner Ian Clark Bautista however, succumbed to his tormentor twice before Chatchai Decha Butdee of Thailand, 0-5.

“We didn’t get the draw we were hoping for. Ian faced Butdee early and James Palicte had the 2017 Asian champion Uzbek Abduraimov in his first fight, but that’s the way it is. Now we have five, so we will aim for 5 qualifiers for Tokyo. But none of the five fights will be easy,” said Picson.