Pinoy boxers John Marvin, Eumir Marcial score gold in SEA Games

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 24, 2017 05:44 PM
Pinoy boxers Marvin, Marcial score gold in SEA Games
John Marvin took home the gold medal after blasting Malaysia's Adli Hafidz in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Men's light-heavyweight boxing finals. (Photo courtesy of PSC-POC)

Fil-British light-heavyweight John Marvin needed only 21 seconds to dispose of Malaysian Adli Hafidz to claim gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Marvin came out guns blazing and unloaded on his Malaysian opponent, forcing the referee to step in and give a standing-eight count just 12 seconds into the match. 

When the action resumed, the 24-year old Marvin landed a solid right body shot and then teed off on Hafidz's head, foring the official to call off the match in just 21 seconds. 

The Fil-Brit, who trains with the British Army, makes an impactful debut in the biennial 11-nation tournament. 

Earlier, Marvin's teammate Eumir Marcial also snatched gold, defeating Thailand's Pathomsak Kuttiya in the men's middleweight final. 

The bigger Marcial punished the Thai's guard, coming out aggressive and landing heavy blows in the first round. 

The second round was a lot more even, as a more patient Marcial decided to pick his spots, while the Thai boxer got in some shots of his own. 

In the third round, the heavy-handed Marcial landed a game-changing flurry which was capped off by a solid left straight that rocked Kuttiya's head back, forcing the referee to administer a standing-eight count. 

The Thai fought on, but after three rounds, Marcial had done enough to capture gold. 

The 21-year old records his second gold medal finish in the Southeast Asian Games. 

In other Pinoy boxing action, Mario Fernandez settled for silver after bowing to Thailand's Chatchai Budtee in the men's bantamweight final.

Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista and light-welterweight Charly Suarez take home bronze medals. 

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