Fil-Brit boxer John Marvin aiming for SEA Games gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 28, 2017 02:03 PM
Fil-Brit boxer John Marvin with the Philippine national boxing team. (Photo courtesy of @johnmarvin9424 on Twitter)
Standing at 6'1, Filipino-Britsh John Marvin looks like he'll fit in quite will among the towers of Gilas Pilipinas.
When the Southeast Asian Games kick off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming August however, Marvin won't be putting his sneakers on.
Instead, he'll be lacing up his boots, wrapping his hands, and putting on some boxing gloves.
That's right, the Isle of Wight, England-born Marvin will be flying the Philippine flag inside the squared circle.
“As soon as I heard there's an 81-kg spot for the Southeast Asian Games for the Philippines, it just fell at the right time for me,” Marvin said, via ABS-CBN News' Dennis Gasgonia. “It's something I've always wanted to do, so I jumped into the opportunity for something so big,”
The 24-year old Marvin, who's also ranked as a Lance Corporal in the British Army, began throwing hands at the age of 17, saying that boxing was the only thing he got into as a kid.
And while he's seen his fair share of competition back in Europe, the half-Kapampangan slugger says he's never competed at the SEA Games level before.
“I was a semifinalist in the nationals back in the amateur Boxing Association of England, did a lot of boxing events in Scotland, there's lots of various ones," Marvin said. "But nowhere as big as the Southeast Asian Games,”
National team head coach Boy Velasco had nothing but praise for the SEA Games bet, who'll be competing at light-heavyweight, a division that isn't common to Filipinos.
“Sa tangkad niya, maganda iyong hubog ng katawan niya. Panlaban talaga at mabilis din naman,”
For Marvin, his objective at the upcoming games is clear and simple: win.
“I'm going to aim for the gold . . . nothing less."
The 2017 Southeast Asian Games kick of on August 19th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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H/T: ABS-CBN News