By Mark Allan Cervantes
(July 29, 2021) – Top boxing bet Eumir Marcial is off to the quarterfinals of the middleweight competition in the Tokyo Olympics and is now just a win away from guaranteeing the Philippines a third medal.
Marcial made quick work of Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi, earning a stoppage victory due to injury in the opening round on Thursday at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena.
The pride of Zamboanga made his presence felt right from the get-go as he peppered Nemouchi with powerful and crisp combinations. The 25-year old Marcial kept his opponent guessing, targeting both the body and the head as he quickly showed he is in a different class compared to Nemouchi.
Just seconds into the fight, Marcial caught Nemouchi with a beautiful right cross at the end of a fiery exchange, knocking down the fighter from Algeria.
The referee halted the action just a minute left in the round to allow the ringside doctor to check a bloody cut above Nemouchi’s eye. With only 19 seconds left in the first round and after another temporary halt by the referee, the ringside doctor decided that Nemouchi will not be allowed to continue, giving Marcial the convincing victory.
Marcial, who recently turned professional, is one of four Filipino boxers still on the hunt for the gold medal with Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, and Irish Magno. Petecio is already assured of a bronze medal after winning her quarterfinals match on Wednesday. Magno will hope to do the same later today.
Awaiting Marcial in the quarterfinals is Arman Darchinyan of Armenia, who pulled off an impressive unanimous decision victory against Andrej Csemez of Slovakia in their round of 16 match.
Marcial and Darchinyan, who’s also a professional boxer, will meet on Sunday. (PM)