CEBU CITY – Filipino Middleweight campaigner Eumir Marcial advance to the medal round following a very impressive knockout win over Arman Darchinyan of Armenia at the 2:11 mark of the first round in the Quarterfinal round of the Boxing competition of the Tokyo Olympics at the Ryoguko Kokugikan Hall Sunday noon.
A wicked right hook ended the bout as Darchinyan fell on his side prompting the referee to abruptly end the fight. Before the knockout, the Armenian fighter also got a mandatory eight-count after receiving a series of head blows at the 1:20 mark.
“It is a great day for amateur boxing. (Eumir) Marcial showed he is a class above Darchinyan. He has tremendously improved and possesses a lot of power. Congrats to Marcial and to the Filipino Olympic boxing team, to ABAP and the Philippines Sports Commission, to Chairman Butch Ramirez and Commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Raymond and Maxey, Celia Kiram, and Arnold Agustin. I am confident that Marcial can win his next bout and give the Philippines a shot for a boxing gold medal,” Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) Central Visayas Regional chief Lorenzo “Chao” Sy told iNews.Ph.
Three years ago, Marcial defeated Darchinyan in a tournament in Russia and his victory today is a testament of his mastery over the Armenian fighter, who is also a professional boxer training under Freddie Roach at Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California.
“Umpisa pa lang I told MVP (Manny V. Pangilnan, ABAP Chairman) na “tulog to” (referring to Darchinyan). Eumir is too powerful for Darchinyan. And we are hoping (at ABAP) sana tuloy tuloy na to sa gold medal. We have already delivered and hopefully, our boxers can give more,” ABAP president Ricky Vargas said in an interview with TV 5.
Last Saturday, Women’s featherweight fighter Nesthy Petecio assured the country of a silver medal in boxing following her win over Italian Irma Testa in the quarterfinal round.
Flyweight Carlo Paalam is also in contention following his unanimous decision victory against Mohamed Flissi of Algeria also on Saturday.
So far, only the 29-year old Iloilo City native Irish Magno was the only Filipino boxer who failed to advance following her loss to Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand in the Round of 16 matches for Women’s flyweight last Thursday, July 29.
Marcial’s opponent in the semifinal round on Thursday, August 5, is Oleksandr Khyzhniak of Ukraine, who earlier defeated Euri Cedeno Martinez of Dominican Republic via split decision (4-1).
Marcial lost to Khyzhniak in 2019 following a shoulder injury in a tournament held in Bulgaria. RCM