SEA Games: Eumir Marcial bludgeons challenger to win middleweight title

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 08:25 PM

Eumir Felix Marcial gave Vietnam's Nguyen Manh Cuong absolutely no chance in a bout that last just 71 seconds and ended with the referee calling it off. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines—Eumir Felix Marcial showed why he remains a cut above the rest after a swift victory in the middleweight finals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition at the PICC Forum on Monday.

Marcial, already the owner of two SEA Games gold medals, added a third to his collection in devastating fashion.

He gave Vietnam's Nguyen Manh Cuong no chance in their gold medal match, as Marcial took just 30 seconds to land a vicious punch that forced the referee to give his foe a standing eight count.

Nguyen continued, but Marcial would not be denied. He overwhelmed the Vietnamese fighter with a barrage of punches, and sent him sprawling to the canvas moments later. This time, the referee called off the bout.

The whole match lasted just a minute and 11 seconds.

Marcial's sensational triumph gave the Philippines its seventh boxing gold medal of these SEA Games.

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