Boxing: Irish Magno advances to round of 16 in women's flyweight

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2021 10:35 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2021 02:25 PM

Boxing: Irish Magno advances to round of 16 in women's flyweight 1
Irish Magno of the Philippines gestures after winning against Christine Ongare of Kenya during the Tokyo Olympics Women's Flyweight – Round of 32 boxing competition at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday July 25, 2021. Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters


(2nd UPDATE) Filipina boxer Irish Magno claimed a comprehensive victory over her Kenyan opponent, Christine Ongare, to advance to the round-of-16 of the women's flyweight division in the Tokyo Olympics, Sunday at the Kokugikan Arena.

All five judges gave the bout to Magno, 5-0, for a unanimous decision victory. Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, with Algerian judge Sidali Mokretari giving Magno a 30-26 win.

With the result, both Filipina boxers are now through to the round-of-16 of their respective divisions in Olympics boxing after Nesthy Petecio took down Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 5-0, in the women's featherweight event on Saturday.

"Huwag muna tayo mag-aim high," Magno told Philippine media in Tokyo after her impressive performance. "Step by step muna tayo."

(Let's not aim high yet... Let's do this step by step.)

Magno got off to an aggressive start and used a huge flurry of punches late in the first round to claim the lead. With Ongare looking to score in the second round, Magno displayed great patience and skill, overcoming her opponent with counterpunches.

A confident Magno then dominated the third round, overwhelming her smaller opponent. 

Magno will face off against Thailand's Jutamas Jitpong in the round-of-16. The Thai boxer won via unanimous decision against Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria.

Magno has history with Jitpong, having beaten the Thai in the semifinals of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games where she went on to settle for the silver medal.

Their round-of-16 showdown is set for July 29.

The boxing competitions in Tokyo continue on Monday, with Filipino flyweight Carlo Paalam making his Olympic debut against Ireland's Brendan Irvine at 11:03 a.m.

Also on Monday, Petecio faces likely the biggest challenge in her road to a medal when she takes on top-seed Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei in the Round of 16 at 12:39 p.m. 

Eumir Marcial, seeded third in the middleweight division, drew a bye and will open his campaign on Thursday against the winner of the bout between Algeria's Younes Nemouchi and Uganda's Kavuma David Ssemujju.

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