Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam lost to Amit of India in the semifinals of the men's light flyweight division to settle for a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta International Expo on Friday.
It was a close bout between Paalam and Amit, who will meet Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov in the finals.
Paalam matched Amit speed for speed, but had problems dealing with the Indian’s left straights.
In the end, Amit won via split decision 3-2 as Paalam left the contest with a bronze.
The 20-year-old Paalam was clearly disappointed after the barker announced Amit the winner.
“Binigay ko na lahat, pero binigay ng mga judges sa India,” said a teary eyed Paalam after the light flyweight semifinal. “Wala akong magagawa, wala akong control sa mga judges.”
Judges Guo Zhang of China and Katsunori Hanabusa of Japan 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, however, was thankful he wasn’t hurt in the bout.
“Thank you sa God at walang nangyari sa akin sa ring,” he said, adding, “binigay ko talaga ang lahat ko dahil sa tiwala ng mga coaches ko at tiwala ng bayan na magkaka-gold medal ako.”
Earlier, his fellow Pinoy boxer Rogen Ladon outsmarted Thailand’s Tongdee Yuttapong to advance to the gold-medal match in the flyweight division.
The 2016 Olympian, won 5-0 to arrange a final with Jasurbek Latipov of Uzbekistan on Saturday.
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