Paalam gets shot at PHL’s 2nd gold in Tokyo


TOKYO—Carlo Paalam unleashed a dominant form to outclass Japan’s Ryomei Tanaka on Thursday and send the entire nation glued toward a possible second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.

Paalam mauled Tanaka for an emphatic  5-0 unanimous decision victory at the Kokugikan Arena where he returns to fight for the gold medal at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Great Britain’s Galal Yafai.

Eumir Felix Marcial swaps punches with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak.

Yafai edged Paalam’s 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament tormentor, Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, 3-2, to set up the gold medal showdown with the 23-year-old pride out of Cagayan de Oro City.

Paalam’s victory made up for Eumir Felix Marcial’s 2-3 loss to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak in a men’s middleweight semifinal also on Thursday. Marcial settled for a bronze medal.

Golfers Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso, however, couldn’t keep up with the searing pace and bowed out of contention in women’s golf.

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