Irish Magno became the second Filipino female boxer to advance to the next round in the Tokyo Olympics by beating Kenya’s Christine Ongare.
On Saturday, fellow Filipino boxer Nesthy Petecio got off to a good start after beating Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of Congo in the first round of the women’s featherweight division.
In the women’s flyweight contest, Magno, ranked 25th in the world, engaged the 17th seeded Ongare in the first round and landed the more accurate shots to get the round.
Magno’s dominance continued in Round 2 even as she remained the better boxer in the final three minutes despite Ongare’s attempt to rally by being more aggressive.
Judges Sidali Mokretari, Mansur Muhiddinov, Miguel Anco, Beau Campbell, and Carl Ruhen all had it 30-27 for Magno, who will return to action on Thursday.
Magno will face Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the second phase of the tournament.
Jitpong also scored a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) win over Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria in the first round.