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MANILA, Philippines – Eumir Marcial knows there is nothing he can do but accept the loss that deprived him of an Asian Games gold medal.
The power-punching Filipino fell short of the crown after a contentious unanimous decision defeat to home bet Tuohetaerbieke Tanglatihan of China in the final of the men’s 80kg division on Thursday, October 5.
All five judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of the Chinese, but fans and pundits believed Marcial won the third and final round.
Even Marcial felt he did enough in the deciding round to earn the judges’ nod.
“It was a missed opportunity because I got the first round,” said Marcial in Filipino after earning identical 10-9 scores in the opening round before Tuohetaerbieke fought back. “I thought the last round was mine.”
The loss prevented Marcial from bringing home the Philippines’ first gold in Asian Games boxing since Rey Saludar reigned in the men’s 52kg in 2010.
“We do not stand a chance against the host. It was clear, the first and third rounds were ours,” said Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
Still, Marcial took the result in stride.
“Of course, we need to respect the decision of the judges. Congratulations to China,” said Marcial.
In Paris, Marcial seeks to go all the way after settling for bronze in the men’s 75kg division in the Tokyo Olympics. – Rappler.com