Zambo boxer wins gold in world championship PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:28

A boxing protege of Zamboanga City Congressman Erbie A. Fabian brought honor to the Philippines when he won the gold medal in a world boxing championship on Saturday.
Bantamweight Eumir Felix Marcial, a graduate of Fabian’s sport program called ‘Golpe Golpe na Barangay’, defeated Cengiz Onat of Turkey to win the gold medal in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Fifteen-year-old Marcial is the first Filipino to win a gold medal in the event, which was first held in 2001.
Marcial overcame Cengiz Onat, 9-7, in a slam-bang final bout, gaining top podium honors in the light bantamweight division at the close of the junior world slugfest at the Kazakhstan Sports Palace here.

A southpaw, Marcial took control with a variety of combinations and whooped it up with coach Romeo Brin after being declared gold medal winner in the biennial meet featuring the best and finest junior fighters on the planet.

Marcial was among the most outstanding winners with his championship run spiked by his knockout win over Vaha Eduard of Belarus in the semifinals Friday.
The rangy Zamboangueño stopped Eduard in the opening round, instantly making him the favored bet to win the 52kg division.
Onat arranged a final duel with Marcial in defeating Korean slugger Sang Myeong Hang, 17-10.

Marcial gained so much adulation from the crowd when he floored Eduard with a perfectly timed right hook making the Belarusian stumble forward.
Eduard got up at the count of five but the referee waved off the fight after the mandatory eight count at the 1:22 mark with the Belarusian still wobbly at that point.

Onat proved to be a tougher foe but Marcial coped, being flashier and more aggressive.
Marcial led 3-2 after the first round and 6-5 after the second round.

With a two-point lead, Marcial danced away from Onat in the closing seconds and raised his left hand at the bell, knowing he won the bout.
Of the 48 nations that participated in this major event, 15 were able to send boxers to the finals. Curiously, 12 fighters each from Asia and Europe made the gold-medal bouts.

Dennis Principe is the  team manager of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines contingent to the competition.
The Philippine team was backed by Accel, Powerade and PLDT.

Meanwhile, Rep. Fabian expressed elation after receiving the news on Marcial’s victory.
“This is a clear indication that ‘Golpe Golpe na Barangay’ is very effective sport program that produces top calibre boxers like Marcial. This will motivate me to further continue this program form the good and honor of Zamboanga,” said Fabian in a press statement.

Marcial, who hails from Lunzuran,  joined “Golpe-Golpe na Barangay” six years ago. He was recruited by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) National Training Pool two months ago, and was immediately quartered in Baguio City for his training in preparation for the Kazakhstan outing.
Before going to Baguio, Marcial seldom lost his fights in Zamboanga City.

Today he is an ABAP scholar enrolled in one of Baguio’s learning institutions.