CEBU CITY, Philippines – Female fighter Irish Magno did not waste the second chance presented to her as she demolished Sumaiya Qosimova of Tajikistan in the Women’s flyweight box-off of the Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifying tournament at the Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan Wednesday, March 11, 2020, afternoon.
After failing to advance last Monday, (March 9), following her loss to Mary Kom Chungneijang of India, Magno did not let her second chance to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics slip away as she went all out to pull a via 5-0 victory over her Tajik opponent and took one of the six slots allotted for their weight class.
“We studied the movement and style of my opponent and I am thankful to my coach Coach Boy Velasco for his efforts in preparing me to win this fight,” said the 28-year old Magno in the Olympic Channel interview.
Magno who won a gold medal for the Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December opened her campaign with a rousing RSC win over Winnie Au Yin Yin of Hong Kong on Saturday. However, Chungnejiang stood tall in her campaign for the automatic Olympic slot.
Magno is the first woman to qualify for Tokyo and the second boxer following Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial who earlier booked the ticket last Monday. The Other Filipino Olympic qualifiers were Pole Vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlo Edriel Yulo.
However, Carlo Paalam who also got his second chance also via box-off lost to Saken Bibossinov also of Kazakhstan through a 4-1 decision.
Aside from Paalam, featherweight Nesthy Petecio also failed to grab a ticket following her loss to Irie Sena of Japan last Monday. Also bowing out in the competition were featherweight Clark Bautista, welterweight James Palicte and Riza Pasuit.
However, everything is not lost yet for Petecio, Paalam, Bautista, Palicte and Pasauit as they still got a final chance to hitch a ride in the middle of May in the World Qualifying competition slated in Paris, France. /RCM