Irish Magno is the first-ever Filipina boxer to punch a ticket for the Olympics.
She won honors for the Philippines in three of the last four SEA Games, collecting a bantamweight bronze medal in 2013, as well as flyweight medals in 2015 and 2019.
Back in 2012, she ruled the Taipei Open in Taiwan, capturing her first and only gold medal in the international circuit so far.
She is set to represent the country in the women’s flyweight division.
The 29-year-old boxer hails from Janiuay, Iloilo, where she began learning the ropes of the sport at the age of 16.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.
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