For this German boxing fan, memories are forever, and he does not mind going out of his way—the old fashioned way—just to get an autograph from his Filipino boxing idol, Eumir Marcial.
Marcial, bronze medalist in the Tokyo Olympics held last year, is used to receiving words of encouragement and admiration through social media.
But the one he recently received halfway around the world through postal mail was unique–at least by today’s standards– and truly heart-warming.
It was a note that says: “My name is Marco (Koehler) from Germany. I’m 42 years old and a great fan of yours.
Therefore. I would be happy if you could send me and my friend some handwritten autographs of you. Many thanks in advance and all the best to you.”
It was accompanied by three photographs, begging for his signature, taken during his victory pose in the Tokyo Olympics boxing.
Marcial posted the mail on his social media page and acknowledged the fan’s effort.
“I appreciate fans from other countries doing things like this just to get my signature. Thank you for your time and effort. Be well.”
Marcial, a proud son of Zamboanga City, is currently campaigning as a professional middleweight even as he continues to be part of the Philippine national team.
He won all his first three professional bouts, the last one against American Steven Pichardo via unanimous decision in their six-round bout.
The Filipino dominated the fight even though he suffered a deep cut following a clash of heads in the second round.
Praised by his trainer Jorge Capetillo for maintaining his calm under pressure, he’s bound for more fights under the aegis of MP Promotions.
These qualities of a fighter have endeared Marcial, not just to fans from the Philippines, but all over the world, including Kohler.
“All these tests definitely will make him a better fighter. A fighter, who already got dropped, already got cut, already got the experience to go the rounds makes him a better fighter,” said Capetillo in a previous interview.