Galal Yafai claimed flyweight boxing gold for Great Britain after a split decision
win over Carlo Paalam of the Philippines. The 28-year-old floored his opponent in
the opening round with a straight left and edged a high-octane contest to secure the
verdict, it concluded a stunning run of form for the Birmingham boxer, who was
competing in his second Olympics having lost his second bout at Rio 2016.
All five of the judges gave Paalam the last round of the contest but Yafai had built up
enough of a lead to secure the win on four of the five judges’ cards.
The fight capped a superb tournament for Yafai, whose brothers Kal and Gamal have
won the world and European titles respectively in the professional ranks.
with a heavy left and following right that dropped Paalam. Paalam responded well
and appeared to be shading the second until Yafai turned the session late in the
Paalam searched for the knockdown in the last but aside from one big right to the
jaw at the bell failed to cause damage.