Olympics: Carlo Paalam inches closer to boxing medal, dominates Algerian foe

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 31: Carlo Paalam (red) of Team Philippines exchanges punches with Mohamed Flissi of Team Algeria during the Men's Fly (48-52kg) on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino - Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 31: Carlo Paalam (red) of Team Philippines exchanges punches with Mohamed Flissi of Team Algeria during the Men's Fly (48-52kg) on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino - Pool/Getty Images)

Carlo Paalam closed in on a guaranteed bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after punching his ticket to the quarterfinals of the men's flyweight division on Saturday, July 31.

The Filipino boxer asserted dominance over a battle-tested pug in Mohammed Flissi of Algeria in the Round of 16 to advance to the next round of the competition at the Kokugikan Arena.

Paalam won via unanimous decision, with all five judges scoring the bout 30-27 in his favor.

The 23-year-old Paalam managed to seize control right from the opening round as he picked apart his Mohammed, a three-time Olympian, all throughout the fight.

Paalam is primed for a tough matchup in the all-important quarterfinals where he will take on the gold medalist of the 2016 Rio Games in Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan on Tuesday, August 3. 

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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