(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam cruised past Jordan's Mohammad Abu Jajeh in his first match in the 19th Asian Games at the Hangzhou Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Paalam, a silver medalist in the Tokyo Games, claimed a 5-0 unanimous decision over Abu Jajeh in their round-of-32 match of the men's 57kg weight class.
He joins fellow Olympian Eumir Marcial and Mark Ashley Fajardo who also advanced to the next rounds of their respective weight classes.
Paalam steered clear of danger against a much taller foe and used his skills to land precise hits and score points.
"Sobrang tangkad nya sa akin, kaya nag-stick lang ako sa game plan namin ng mga coaches ko," said Paalam, who is seeking to clinch a ticket to next year's Paris Olympics.
He won silver in the men's 51kg in Tokyo but that weight division has been scrapped for the Paris Games, forcing Paalam to fight at a higher weight class. The finalists in each division in the Asian Games will secure their spots to next year's Olympics.
"Pagsikapan ko talaga ang makapunta sa Paris. Gawin ang best every laban. Baguhan ako sa timbang na ito, so mabigat at malakas ang galaw dito," said Paalam, who won bronze in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta where he fought as a flyweight.
"Adjust ako dito dahil mahahaba ang mga kalabaan at sobrang galing din. Matalino din sila maglaro," he added.
Paalam will be up against Munarbek Seiitbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan in the round-of-16 on September 30. Seiitbek received a bye in the first round.