Marcial Joins Paalam and Ladon in Boxing Semis
JAKARTA—Eumir Felix Marcial and Carlo Paalam booted out their respective opponents in men’s boxing action for two guaranteed bronze medals for the country in the 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta International Expo.
Paalam, the youngest in the eighth-member team sent here by the ABAP at 20, toppled an older and more seasoned foe from Kazakhstan, Termirtas Zhussupov, 4-1, early afternoon on Wednesday to reach the men’s flyweight semifinal.
Later in the evening, it was Marcial’s turn to book a semifinal seat by disposing of Jinjea Kim of Korea, 5-0, in a men’s middleweight quarterfinal bout.
Paalam beat over the 30-year-old Kazakh—a former Asian champion and two-time national titlist of his country—and looked ripe for a shot at the gold.
“Magaling siya at mautak kasi experienced siya,” said Paalam, who takes on China’s Wu Zhonglin—a controversial 5-0 winner over Indonesia’s Mario Blasius Kali earlier in the day—in the semifinals on Friday.
“Kahit bata ako, gusto ko siyang sabayan,” said Paalam, who clinched a bronze medal in each of the 2016 Asian and World Youth Championships.
Marcial, a 22-year-old pride of Lunzuran in Zamboanga City, got the nod of all five judges to advance against Incheon Asian Games welterweight silver medalist Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan.
Marcial, a back-to-back SEA Games gold medalist, was fresh off a Referee Stopped Contest against Ng Kuok Kun og Macau before fighting the Korean.
Rio de Janairo Olympian Rogen Ladon is the third semifinalist for the Philippines. He will face Yuttapong Tongdee of Thailand in a men’s flyweight clash.
The semifinals, which will also feature’s Paalam’s semifinal clash with India’s Amit, are set on Friday.