MANILA, Philippines — Olympic-bound boxer Eumir Marcial will be part of the nationwide boxing workforce in its coaching camp in Thailand, following his participation within the Asian Elite Males and Ladies Boxing Championships later this month.
The competitors will happen in Dubai from Might 21 to June 1. The occasion was initially set to happen within the Indian capital of New Delhi, however needed to be moved as a result of large spike of COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis.
Marcial is the lone Olympian to characterize the Philippines within the occasion, however different Filipino boxers together with five-time Southeast Asian Video games gold medalist Josie Gabuco are additionally set to compete.
“[We will send] about seven boxers, if I bear in mind appropriately,” Affiliation of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines secretary-general Ed Picson mentioned within the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation (PSA) Discussion board on Tuesday.
“There are additionally candidates for the SEA Video games, so it is a good preparation for them,” he added.
Marcial mentioned in a earlier interview on “Power and Play” that he’s trying ahead to the event, as will probably be his first beginner competitors in over a 12 months. The heavy-handed middleweight final fought as an beginner in the course of the Asia-Oceania qualifiers in Jordan, the place he secured his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.
Since then, the 25-year-old Marcial has turned skilled, signing with MP Promotions. He made his professional debut in December, outpointing American boxer Andrew Whitfield.
“Makakapag-tune up combat [ako],” Marcial mentioned of the upcoming event in Dubai. “Maka-tune up combat ulit sa beginner. After midday, ‘yung complete month papuntang Olympics, tuloy-tuloy na po ang coaching.”
In accordance with Picson, Marcial has despatched phrase that he intends to go to Thailand following the Asian Elite Males and Ladies Boxing Championships, the place he’ll be part of the nationwide workforce. The opposite Filipino boxers — together with fellow Olympians Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno, and Carlo Paalam — have been coaching in Thailand since March 10.
“We welcome that, I believe it is a good choice,” Picson mentioned of Marcial’s plan.
“Doon sa Thailand kasi, there may be going to be an invitational. Nag-iimbita ang Thailand ng ilang mga bansa to affix the coaching camp. So not simply in Asia, darating doon ‘yung Colombia, darating doon ‘yung Australia, darating doon ‘yung I believe Azerbaijan, after which some others. Baka Cuba dumating pa,” he added.
“In order that will probably be good. We’re solely ten weeks away from the Olympics, so naghahabol tayo. So we hope that Eumir can catch up and the others are doing very effectively.”
Marcial, a three-time SEA Video games gold medalist, is among the many brightest medal prospects of the nation within the upcoming Tokyo Video games. He was a silver medalist within the 2019 AIBA World Championships, and gained gold within the Olympic qualifiers in March 2020.
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