PH fighter gains ‘Elite’ finals

September 21, 2019

Filipino national boxer Eumir Felix Marcial barged into the finals of the AIBA World Elite Men's Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia Friday with a scintillating win over third-seeded Tursynbay Kulakhmet of Kazakhstan.

Marcial, a southpaw, punctuated his 5-0 victory with a spectacular knockdown behind a cracking right-left combination that found it's mark midway in the first round.

The 23-year-old Philippine Air Force man then picked his shots and coasted to victory over an opponent who, like him, won a gold medal in the 2013 Asian Junior Championships in Subic.

Kulakhmet won in the middleweight division then, while Marcial was champion in the light welterweight (64 kg) class.

In 2011, the gangling 15-year-old boy from Zamboanga won the AIBA World Junior Championships in the 52 kg class in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Marcial faces hometown boy Gleb Bakshi of Russia in Saturday's 75 kg (Middleweight) Finals.

Only nine countries are represented in the Finals: Uzbekistan (4), Russia (3), Cuba (2) Kazakhstan (2) and one each from Ecuador, England, India, Philippines and the United States.

ABAP president Ricky Vargas said “this is a happy development for our preparations for the SEA Games and the Olympics. We wish Eumir well and hope for a favorable outcome."