DESPITE his decision to turn pro, boxer Eumir Felix Marcial assured everyone that he still has his eyes on the prize, and that is to help the Philippines win its first Olympic gold medal.
“I thank everyone for trusting in my potential to not only become an Olympic gold medalist but also to become a professional boxing world champion,” said Marcial in Filipino in an official statement. “I assure everyone one thing, that I will fight in the Olympics and pour out everything down to the last drop of blood and sweat just to get our much-desired Olympic gold.”
The 24-year-old Marcial has already qualified for the Olympics. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics has been pushed back to 2021.
Even though Marcial turns pro before the Olympics next year, he is still eligible to fight because the International Olympic Committee has already allowed pro fighters to compete since the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Marcial, who has a 35-10 record including 13 knockout wins in the amateur ranks, was relieved after given the assurance that he’ll still have the full support of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) despite his decision to turn pro.
“I would like to thank the leadership of the Philippine Sports Commission,” he said. “I was very worried after hearing the news that there was a possibility that the government would not support my dream of winning an Olympic gold medal if I would turn pro. PSC deputy executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy and commissioner Ramon Fernandez quickly responded and assured me their 100 percent support not only in me but in all Olympians.”
Marcial said he has thought long and hard along with his family and close friends on his decision to turn pro. He will most likely turn pro this year and will have his first pro fight before the year ends. (EKA)