Filipino boxers

Marcial seeks repeat over Mongolian in Asian boxfest quarterfinals

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Marcial seeks repeat over Mongolian in Asian boxfest quarterfinals

TOP BET. Eumir Marcial hopes to keep his winning run going.

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Eumir Marcial starts his quest after a first-round bye as fellow Filipino boxers Jere Samuel dela Cruz and John Paul Panuayan advance

Filipino star Eumir Marcial will battle a familiar foe in Mongolian Byambaerdene Otgonbaatar in the quarterfinals of the Asian Elite Men’s and Women’s Boxing Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday night, May 26.

Marcial stopped Otgonbaatar in three rounds in March 2020 to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and the tournament’s top-seeded middleweight hopes to duplicate the feat to barge into the medal round and assure himself of at least $2,500.

The 25-year-old Marcial – who had a successful pro debut against Andrew Whitfield in Los Angeles last December 16 – drew a first-round bye while Otgonbaatar trounced Iraq’s Ridha Talib Jabbar, 4-1.

Lightweight Jere Samuel dela Cruz and light welterweight John Paul Panuayan, meanwhile, cruised to the quarterfinal round of the 17-nation event.

Dela Cruz trounced Sri Lanka’s Jeewantha Wimidthi Kumara, 4-1, while Panuayan posted a 5-0 shutout over local bet Majid Alnaqbi on Tuesday.

Blocking  Panuayan’s path in the quarterfinal round is Tajikistan’s Bakhodur Usmonov, the top seed who earned a first-round bye.

Dela Cruz will meet India’s Varinder Singj in the quarterfinals.

Flyweight Marvin Tabamo became the first casualty of the national team sent here by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) when he yielded a 2-3 decision to Afghanistan’s Ramish Rahmani, the Indonesian President’s Cup silver medalist.

Also seeing action for Team Philippines on Tuesday are light flyweight Mark Lester Durens, bantamweight Junmilardo Ogayre, and lightweight Maricel dela Torre.

Durens is pitted against Kuwait’s Mansour Khalefah, Ogayre against Sri Lanka’s Rukmal Prasanna, and Dela Torre against Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah. –