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MALAYBALAY CITY – Three boxers from Mindanao are now assured of bronze medals in the ongoing 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia on May 8, 2023
Tokyo Olympics silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio outclassed their opponents to advance to the semifinals.
Paalam, of Cagayan de Oro City, won via a unanimous decision against Malaysia’s Daeloniel McDelon Bong, 5-0, in the bantamweight (54kg) division.
Petecio, of Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur, won after the referee stopped the fight after giving her opponent, Laos’ Minavanh Oupaxa, a third standing 8-count in the first round of their women’s 57kg bout.
Paul Julyfer Bascon, of Davao del Norte, beat Vietnamese Thanh Dat Vu via a split decision, 3-2, and will face Touch Davit of Cambodia in the light welterweight semifinals. (H. Marcos C. Mordeno / MindaNews)