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MANILA, Philippines – Eumir Marcial scored another rousing stoppage win in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, to book a return trip to the Olympics.
The only Filipino boxer standing, Marcial qualified for the Paris Games after a second-round knockout of Syria’s Ahmad Ghousoon in their men’s 80kg semifinal at the Hangzhou, Gymnasium on Wednesday, October 4.
Marcial decked Ghousoon with a lethal right hook to the head with under two minutes left in the second round as he advanced to the final and guaranteed himself of at least a silver.
Only the finalists in the division will qualify for the Paris Olympics, where Marcial looks to go all the way after bagging a men’s 75kg bronze in the Tokyo Games two years ago.
It was the second straight stoppage victory for the pride of Zamboanga after he also claimed a second-round knockout of Thailand’s Weerapon Jongjoho in their quarterfinal duel.
Marcial narrowly won the opening round with three of the five judges scoring in his favor as Ghousoon – the aggressor in his previous bouts – picked his spots.
Ghousoon changed his tactic and went on the offensive in the second round, but that proved to be his undoing.
A loose left hook by the Syrian paved the way for Marcial to connect on his vicious right hook and floor Ghousoon, forcing the referee to stop the bout with 1:49 minutes left in the round.
Marcial will face China’s Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan in the final on Thursday, hoping to deliver the Philippines’ first gold in Asian Games boxing in over a decade.
A silver medalist in the World Boxing Championships in May, Tanglatihan earned a 4-1 win over Uzbekistan’s Turabek Khabibullaev in the other semifinal bracket.
The country has not won a boxing gold in the continental showpiece since Rey Saludar ruled the men’s 52kg category in 2010.