FILIPINO pugs Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam will be in their respective semifinal bout Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
Marcial takes on Ukranian Oleksandr Khyzhniak in the Men’s middleweight division semifinals.
The 25-year-old Marcial so far demolished all the opponents placed in front of him in his maiden Olympic campaign. He scored a first round referee’s stoppage over Algerian Younes Nemouchi in the Round of 16. He then knocked out fellow pro pug Arman Darchinyan also in the opening round.
The 26-year-old Khyzhniak is also on an impressive run in the Olympics. The 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships middleweight gold medalist totally outclassed Japanese Yuito Moriwaki via a 5-0 decision in the Round of 16 and beat Dominican Euri Cedeño, 4-1, on points.
The winner of the semifinal fight of Marcial and Khyzhniak faces the winner of the other semifinal bout between Brazilian Herbert Sousa and 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships middleweight gold medalist Gleb Bakshi.
Paalam, on the other hand, locks horns with Japanese Ryomei Tanaka in the Men’s Flyweight division semifinals. The 23-year-old Paalam beat Irish Brendan Irvine in the Round of 32, outclassed Algerian Mohamed Flissi in the Round of 16 and upset defending Olympic flyweight champion Shakhobidin Zoirov via a technical decision in the quarterfinals.
Tanaka, the older brother of three-division world champion Kosei Tanaka, was impressive in his campaign beating three former Olympic medalists in his route to the semifinals. He defeated 2016 Rio Olympics flyweight silver medalist Yoel Rivas by points in the Round of 32, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist Hu Jianguan by technical decision in the Round of 16 and 2016 Rio Olympics light flyweight silver medalist Yuberjen Rivas by decision in the quarterfinals.
The winner of the bout between Paalam and Tanaka faces the winner of the fight between Great Britain’s Galal Yafai and Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov.
Meanwhile, EJ Obiena failed to win a medal in the Men’s Pole Vault finals at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 3. Obiena finished 11th place out of 14 finalists after failing to clear the 5.80
meter bar. (EKA)