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Philippine Olympian Eumir Marcial to make pro debut on December 16 in la

Philippine Olympian Eumir Marcial to make pro debut on December sixteen in l. a.

Eumir Marcial (R) and Freddie Roach pose in entrance of a Manny Pacquiao poster at the Wild Card health club. picture by way of Tonyluc Nguyen/group Pacquiao
by way of Ryan Songalia

Eumir Marcial might be making a pit cease within the execs before competing in the 2021 Olympics.

The Filipino middleweight, who’s signed with Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and Premier Boxing Champions, will make his seasoned debut on December sixteen in opposition t Andrew Whitfield (three-1, 2 knockouts) in a 4-round bout. The fight will take vicinity at the Microsoft Theater in l. a., and should air live on FS1 (9 p.m. ET).

Marcial, 25, of Zamboanga city, Philippines has been practising at the Wild Card health club for essentially two months with Freddie Roach, the guru credited with assist maximize the expertise of his promoter, Pacquiao. A southpaw with two-fisted vigour, Marcial is the Philippines’ most accomplished novice boxer in a generation, having won gold medals on the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Southeast Asian video games, in addition to on the 2011 AIBA formative years World Boxing Championships.

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Marcial multiplied himself to a further degree in 2019 when he earned silver on the 2019 AIBA World Championships in Russia, dominating the box throughout the semifinals before dropping to a boxer from the host nation, becoming the primary Filipino male since Harry Tañamor in 2007 to earn a silver at the Worlds. Marcial followed that up with the aid of incomes the gold at the Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifiers to publication a ticket to the Tokyo video games, which were in the end postponed to 2021 because of the pandemic.

“Turning professional is an important step in my event to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. loads of the warring parties i could face within the Olympics have already turned professional so my skilled training with Freddie will maintain me at their degree of journey when we fight within the Olympics,” Marcial talked about. 

“however my most beneficial intention has at all times been to make my Dad’s dream a fact, a dream he has had considering my first novice combat, to win an Olympic gold medal. that’s the prize I have in my eyes. I need to be the primary to deliver Olympic gold again to Philippines.”

Freddie Roach tells The Ring that Marcial is “in fact, in reality heavy surpassed, he punches hard, he’s very quick with his hands,” and that he expects him to grow into the 168-pound division at last.

Daniyar Yeleussinov, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who fought Marcial twice in 2015, says of Marcial: “He’s acquired power…He can develop into Olympic gold medalist.”