Country’s last chance, Marcial stays alive for the Olympics

Welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial was the lone man standing in Philippines two-man squad dropped to Abbas Baraou in AIBA World Olympic Qualification after flyweight Ian Clark Bautista lost his Rio Olympic bid in Sardachi Olympic Stadium-Baku, Azerbaijan.

The 20-year-old Eumir Felix Marcial, two time gold medallist from Southeast Asian Games was seeded No.1 and received a bye in the very first round was country’s last hope for Olympic berth during a faceoff against Abbas Baraou. He lost on two scorecard as the decision came from judges was a spit one, judges from Algeria and Azerbaijan announced German rounds one and three (28-29) while the judges from Iranian gave rounds one and two to Marcial’s 29-28.

His opponent Baraou, earned a gold medal at German Under 21 in October 2014 during national championship with a 3-0 win over Olcay Simsek. He also clearly defeated Sasan Haghighat Joo from Canada in an Olympic-Style battle and became one of the six German who beat Canadian opponents in 23rd Annual Ken Goff Boxing Classic.
21-year-old flyweight Ian Clark Bautista who as one of the five Pinoy boxer to win gold medal list year in SEA Games in Singapore also lost his opening bout last Friday two-time Olympic champion Jose Kelvin de la Nieve Linares from Spain 28-29.

Ed Picson, Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines Executive Director stated:

”Eumir claims he somehow lost his legs in the third. We were all shouting for him to keep his distance but he says he couldn’t. I don’t understand it,”

It was another heartbreak for Philippines that is now left with only two boxers to Rio – Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez, light-flyweight and lightweight respectively. Both boxers will be trained in Las Vegas until they start for Rio to accompany remaining Philippine delegation 10 days before Rio kick off on Aug – 5.

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