PH pug wins bronze in AIBA Youth meet

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The Philippine national junior boxing team bagged one bronze medal in the 2016 AIBA (International Boxing Association) Youth World Boxing Championship held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Carlo Paalam won the lone medal for the country when he finished third in the men’s light flyweight division. Paalam absorbed a 1-4 loss to eventual champion Sachin of India in the semifinal round.

Sachin topped the event after scoring a 5-0 win over Jorge Grinan of Cuba in the championship match.

Paalam made it to the semifinals by virtue of his impressive 4-0 victory over Volodya Mnatsakayan of Russia in the quarterfinals.

The Filipino pug also defeated Jordan Moore of Ireland in the third round (4-1) and Pedro Enrique Alarcon Ternera of Colombia in the second round (5-0).

Paalam had an opening round bye.

Failing to advance to the medal round were Ranjo Gil Napoles (men’s light weight), Mark Lumbab (men’s flyweight), John Patrick Cagumay (men’s bantamweight) and Ronald Chavez Jr. (men’s light welterweight), who lost their respective second-round matches.

Napoles was overpowered by World Junior Championship silver medalist Patrick Donovan of Ireland (5-0), Lumbab lost to Jack Bowen of Australia (1-4), Cagumay bowed to Charles Frankham of Germany (5-0), and Chavez suffered a 0-5 loss to Hugo Micallef of Monaco.

The Philippines was the only Southeast Asian country that earned a medal in the tournament participated by 351 boxers from 62 countries.

Powerhouse Cuba claimed the top spot in the overall standings with two golds and two silvers followed by the United States (2-0-2), Kazakhstan (1-2-1), Australia (1-0-1), India (1-0-1) and Turkey (1-0-1).

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