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Irish Magno sweeps Kenyan foe to open Tokyo Olympic bid

Irish Magno moves on to the second round of the women's flyweight event. From Magno's Facebook account
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Irish Magno put up a dominant performance against Kenya's Christine Ongare to open her campaign for the Tokyo Olympics women's flyweight boxing gold on a high note on Sunday at the Kokugikan Stadium in the Japanese capital.

Magno, ranked 25th in the world, engaged in a slugfest with the 17th seeded Ongare in the first round, but the former 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 becoming more aggressive with the scorecards not in her favor.

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 win over Roumaysa Boualam of Algeria in the first round.

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