From Coke as prize to aiming for Olympic gold: Carlo Paalam’s boxing journey

Bong Lozada 08/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines—It started with a bottle of Coke. Carlo Paalam was just a thin nine-year-old when he chanced upon a neighbor setting up boxing exercises. After hearing mass in Cagayan de Oro, Paalam was enticed to try…

Carlo Paalam ousts champ Zoirov, secures Olympic medal

MARK GIONGCO 08/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines–Carlo Paalam pulled off a mighty upset after knocking Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov off his perch to become the Philippines’ latest medalist at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Paalam punched his way through the men’s flyweight…

Filipino flyweight Carlo Paalam moves on to round-of-16

MARK GIONGCO 07/26/2021

  TOKYO–Carlo Paalam continued the rich flyweight tradition of the Philippines in the Olympics, coughing up a split decision victory over Ireland’s Brendan Irvine on Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Kokugikan Arena here. Getting off to…

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