ASIAN GAMES: Marcial, Paalam say goodbye to gold medal hopes

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 31, 2018 09:10 PM
ASIAN GAMES: Marcial, Paalam say goodbye to gold medal hopes
Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial came up short in their quest to advance in the gold medal round.

JAKARTA --- Carlo Paalam lost via split decision, 2-3, to a one-named rival from India, Amit, but not without earning the nod of the crowd that he was the better in the light flyweight semifinal in 18th Asian Games boxing on Friday night at the Jakarta International Expo Boxing Hall.

The 20-year-old Paalam was a picture of disappointment all over as the stadium barker announced the close victory for Amit, sending the handful Indian supporters to celebration while silencing the Filipino fans, athletes and officials who expected a second Filipino through the boxing finals.

“Binigay ko na lahat, pero binigay ng mga judges sa India,” a teary eyed Paalam told reporters immediately after the light flyweight semifinal. “Wala akong magagawa, wala akong control sa mga judges.”

Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial suffered the same fate at the hands od Uzbekistan’s Israel Madrimov, 2-3.

Marcial scored a standing eight count over Madrimov but his efforts were not enough as three judges called it 28-27 for the Unzek while two judges gave the Filipino pug, 28-27.  

Meanwhile, Chinese judge Guo Zhang and Japanese Katsunori Hanabusa each scored the bout 29-28 for Paalam. But Amit got the nod form Uzbekistan’s Bekjon Yusupov (29-28) and Algeria’s Athmane Lazizi (29-28), with Indonesia’s Hermanto Ginting Bagusmunthe giving the Indian an overwhelming 30-27 score.

Paalam and Marcial still gave the PHI its 14th and 15th bronze medal.  

Paalam went to work early with his combinations and hurt the 22-year-old Indian with a right cross late in the first round.

Amit managed to change tactics and looked the more aggressive boxer in the second round.

The third round had Paalam again on the attacking end, forcing Amit to cling on several occasions to avert any solid connection from the Filipino.

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