Boxing: Marcial still wants to compete in SEA Games, Asiad after turning pro

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2020 05:01 PM

Boxing: Marcial still wants to compete in SEA Games, Asiad after turning pro 1

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial still wants to participate in amateur boxing competitions, even after he turns professional.

The 24-year-old Marcial qualified for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year but appears set to turn pro before next year's Games. He will still be eligible to compete at the Olympics, thanks to the rules passed by AIBA in 2016.

Speaking on "The Hit List" podcast, Marcial said the Olympics will not be his last appearance in an amateur competition.

"Sa akin sir, kumbaga kahit mag-pro man ako sir, gusto ko pa rin lumaban sa amateur kasi matagal din po ako sa national team," said Marcial, a mainstay of the Philippine boxing team since his youth days.

"Iba 'yung feelings mo kapag maglaro ka ng SEA Games, Asian Games, World Championship," he said. "Iba po 'yung feeling kapang nare-represent mo 'yung Philippines, lalo 'pag nakuha mo 'yung gold, nakapag-medal ka."

Marcial has won three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games, and bronze in the 2018 Asian Games. He also won silver in the 2019 AIBA Boxing World Championships.

The heavy-handed Marcial hopes that whoever he signs with, he will still be permitted to fight for the country in these amateur events.

"'Yun ang hinihiling ko sa mga nago-offer po sa akin, sabi ko i-allow po ako maglaro sa Asian Games, SEA Games, and World Championships, or Olympics kapag may Olympics po uli," he said. "'Yun lang 'yung hinihiling ko sa kanila. Kapag gusto kong lumaban, i-allow niyo ako na lumaban pa."

"May mga ibang tournament pa sa amateur na gusto kong abutin para sa ating bayan," added Marcial,

Several promoters have wooed the Olympic-bound Marcial, although he is leaning towards signing with Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions.

Marcial won't be the first professional boxer to compete for the Philippine team, should he push through with his plans. In the 2019 SEA Games, Charly Suarez returned to the national team and won gold in the lightweight division, after already fighting three times as a professional.

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