THERE'S no rift between boxer Eumir Marcial and the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).
In fact, Marcial is keeping the ABAP close as he pursues his dream of turning profesional.
He said ABAP president Ricky Vargas and secretary-general Ed Picson are helping him with negotiations with professional boxing managers to ensure that his Olympic aspirations will not be hampered.
“Alam ko naman na ang ikabubuti ko ang hangad nina Mr. Vargas at Sir Ed. Pinag-aaralan nilang mabuti ang mga alok, at ilalatag nila sa akin ang mga iyon. Pero nasa akin pa rin ang huling desisyon,” said the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga.
A mainstay of Philippine Air Force, Marcial booked a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year in Amman, Jordan.
And while he admitted that he sought the advice from several people outside of the oeganization, he said he wanted ABAP to be his "partner in his journey to the Olympics."
Picson, on the other hand, assured that they will not stand in the way of Marcial’s professional boxing plans.
“Mr. Vargas and I spoke with renowned professional boxing manager Shelly Finkel and our conversation was frank, cordial and enlightening. Of course we told him that we would also like to hear from other interested parties," said Picson.
“If we were to stop Marcial from exploring professional boxing opportunities, why would we speak with those interested in him? We just want to ensure that Eumir gets the best deal possible and that it will not conflict with the Olympic goal.”