OLYMPIC gold medal bet Eumir Felix Marcial’s confidence is slowly coming back after having his first taste of sparring in the US.
“My confidence is coming back after sparring because I had not trained and fought when I was in the Philippines. Now, I can surely say that I did the right decision by going to the US,” Marcial said in a statement.
Marcial sparred three rounds with two-time world title challenger Gabriel Rosado at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California last Thursday (PH time).
It was his first sparring session since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out early this year.
Marcial last saw action in March and won a gold medal in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Jordan, which earned him a spot in the Olympics.
He then decided to turn pro but at the same time fight in the upcoming Olympics after signing with Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.
Marcial, with the help of Pacquiao and MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons, hooked up with Freddie Roach to assist him in his bid for a gold in the Olympics in Tokyo next year.
“I thank Senator (Pacquiao), because even though I’m not his obligation financially, he funded my training camp even though he’s my promoter and not my manager. MP Promotions’ obligation is to find me fights,” he said.
Marcial will submit a proposal to request funding for his training camp in the US from the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the Philippine Sports Commision (PSC). His current training team is Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant coach Marvin Somodio. He hopes to get Philippine Team coach Ronald Chavez and his cousin Anthony Marcial to join him in his training camp.
Aside from the Olympics, Marcial is preparing for his pro debut possibly by mid-December. (EKA)