OLYMPIC contender Eumir Marcial had a successful debut in the pro ranks after a convincing unanimous decision win over Andrew Whitfield on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 (PH time) at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.
All three judges scored it 40-46 for the 25-year-old Marcial.
There was no feel out round for both fighters as they immediately threw punches with bad intentions.
Marcial was consistent in landing his heavy left straight in the opening round that rocked Whitfield at times. Whitfield, who started to have a welt under his right eye, landed a solid uppercut that wobbled Marcial near the end of the opening round.
Whitfield came out aggressive in the second round and lured Marcial to a phonebooth brawl. Marcial, however, mixed it up this round by targeting Whitfield’s body.
Marcial started to fight intelligently in the third round and used his footwork to elude Whitfield’s punches and land combinations of his own.
Marcial continued to land his combinations in the fourth round and landed a total of 120 punches compared to Whitfield’s 46.
Marcial is now 1-0 in the pro ranks, while Whitfield dropped to 3-2 with two knockouts.
Aside from fighting in the pro ranks, Marcial is also training under the guidance of legendary trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in preparation for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Marcial is one of the athletes that could possibly give the Philippines its first gold in the Olympics. He also wants to become the Philippines’ second middleweight champion, following in the footsteps of the late great Ceferino Garcia, who was a middleweight world champion from 1939 to 1940. / EKA