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Marcial set for US training

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IN the pursuit of the Philippines’ first-ever boxing gold in the Olympics, Eumir Marcial’s team is rallying an entire village of support behind him.

After the Holy Week, Marcial gears up for intensive training in Colorado, USA, a renowned boxing hub.

With the Paris Olympics looming in August, the decision to train in the US aligns with the strategy of many Olympics-bound athletes.

Supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, the MVP Sports Foundation, and the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Marcial has assembled a dedicated team of individuals and corporate backers who share his Olympic dreams.

ABAP secretary general Marcus Manalo is committed to sending a national coach to accompany Marcial to help him acclimate to the nuances of Olympic-style boxing.

Meanwhile, esteemed nutritionist Jeaneth Aro will continue to tailor Marcial’s diet to optimize his performance.

In a recent showcase of his prowess, Marcial dominated Thai opponent Thoedsak Sinam in a fourth-round victory during an 8-round super middleweight bout at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The bout served as a stepping stone towards conditioning for the light heavyweight division, where he’ll face formidable opponents from across the globe.

Beyond the victory, Marcial drew strength from the overwhelming support of his local fans, fuelling his determination for success in the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Expressing gratitude for his triumph, Marcial acknowledged the unwavering support of his fellow Filipinos, his dedicated team, and his wife, who serves as his inspiration.

In a poignant gesture, Marcial displayed gratitude towards his sponsors, including Chooks to Go and WRC, a construction company owned by lawyer Warton Chan, secretary general of the Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas.

Additionally, Marcial extended thanks to two top sports officials who vowed their full backing.

“I want to express my gratitude also to POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Senator Francis Tolentino for the support,” he said.

Having clinched his spot in the Paris Olympics after an impressive performance at the Hangzhou Asian Games, Marcial joins Nesthy Petecio and Aira Villegas as they collectively represent the Philippines’ hopes for boxing glory on the world stage.

“I’m very grateful for the win. I also want to thank the Filipinos who came here. I didn’t expect that I was going to feel this elated to have seen my people supporting me. I also want to thank my team and my wife who is my inspiration,” Marcial said.


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