Tokyo Olympics: Eumir Marcial KOs foe, enters boxing semis
MANILA, Philippines–The expectations were high for Eumir Marcial heading into his first Olympics.
So far, the gold medal bet has lived up to the hype.
The hard-hitting Zamboanga native powered through the men’s middleweight semifinals, assuring himself of at least a bronze medal after knocking out Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan in the Tokyo Olympics Sunday.
Marcial sent Darchinyan crashing just 49 seconds into the first round, winning his second straight bout in a dominating fashion.
The 25-year-old Marcial flaunted his power and scored a first-round stoppage over Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi in his Olympic debut on Thursday.
Petecio, the pride of Davao del Sur, takes her shot at the gold on Tuesday after she scraped past European champion Irma Testa of Italy by split decision in a thrilling semifinals affair.
The country’s boxing team could end up delivering three gold medals at best with Carlo Paalam also in contention for the top prize.
Paalam entered the men’s flyweight quarterfinals after outclassing three-time Olympian Mohamed Flissi of Algeria on Saturday.
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