Gold medalists Marvin, Marcial set sights on 2020 Olympics
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2017 05:51 PM
With such an impressive performance, Marcial said they are looking at competing at the next stage.
KUALA LUMPUR – John Marvin and Eumir Felix Marcial set their sights on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 following a massive victory in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.
A Filipino-British newcomer, Marvin stopped Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the opening minute of their light heavyweight clash to pocket his first gold medal for the Philippines.
Prior to that, Marcial needed three rounds before overcoming Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand to rule the middleweight class.
With such an impressive performance, Marcial said they are looking at competing at the next stage – the Olympics.
“Meron na kaming sinusunod na plano,” said Marcial. “Pauti-uti muna kami simula dito sa SEA Games then Asian Games next year and qualifying tournaments for the Olympics. Olympics pa din kasi ang target namin.”
Head coach Pat Gaspi said both Marvin and Marcial will undergo additional strength and conditioning training to equip them with power punches while preparing them mentally and emotionally for the tough battles ahead.
“So far, bibigyan natin ng attention ang dalawang boxers na ito kasi maganda ang chances natin sa mabibigat na timbang at malaki ang potential nilang makakuha ng ginto.”
Marvin said he’s leaving it up to the coaches and the leadership of Alliance of Boxing Association of the Philippines (Abap).
“It’s up to the national coaches what will be up for me next,” he said.
“They are the ones who set up our program and they know very well what is good for us in the team. But definitely, I’m looking at a much higher tournament.”
The Philippines finished second in the boxing tourney with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Thailand topped the competition with a haul of two gold, three silver and a bronze medal.