Boxers Marcial, Paalam overpower Asiad rivals
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Eumir Felix Marcial knocked out Macau’s Ng Kuo Kok in the second round of their welterweight bout to advance in the 2018 Asian Games boxing competitions late Monday night, August 27, at the Jakarta Expo Boxing Hall.
Marcial, the most illustrious among the eight boxers on Team Philippines, was all over Kuo, a 27-year-old who has boxed as a professional since 2013.
The 22-year-old Marcial got the KO win at two minutes and nine seconds of the second round.
Marcial and only two other Filipinos – light flyweight Carlo Paalam and Olympian flyweight Rogen Ladon – got past the preliminaries.
The rest—Irish Magno, James Palicte, Joel Bacho, Neshty Petecio and Mario Fernandez—all went out in their first fights in the Games that is now approaching the homestretch.
Marcial’s abbreviared victory also came as a revenge of sorts for Fernandez, who absorbed a KO loss at the hands of Iraqi Jaafar Abdulridha Al Sudani on Saturday night.
Earlier on Monday evening, Paalam practically cruised past Chinese Taipei’s Tu Powei, 5-0, to barge into the quarterfinals.
Paalam drew an opening-round bye and was in the freshest and most lethal of his elements agains the Taiwanese.
The 20-year-old former World Youth Championships bronze medalist dominated his foe from the get go for the lopsided win that brought him to his weight division’s quarterfinals.
The AIBA has since dropped its amateur status and in 2013 entered its own open era that allows professionals to fight in its sanctioned tournaments and events. – Rappler.com
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