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Marcial stops foe in 2nd rd


By Nick Giongco


JAKARTA – Boxing is back in business.

While the eight-man squad has been trimmed down to just three following stinging losses the last few days, Eumir Felix Marcial led the charge of the remaining medal hopefuls late Monday with a sensational second-round stoppage of Macau’s Ng Kuon Kun in the 2018 Asian Games.
What made Marcial’s victory special was that it came at the expense of a pro fighter in Ng, who came into the bout armed with a 12-0 win-loss card with seven KOs.

Pro fighters have been allowed to compete and Ng’s inclusion was one of them.

But Marcial, the 2009 world junior champion and two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, proved too much for the Macanese bet, who went down after taking a vicious 1-2 combo.

With the win, Marcial will now face Korean Kim Junjea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Also fighting o the same day is light-fly Carlo Paalam, who meets Temiras Zhuzzupov of Kazakhstan in the quarters.

Fly Rogen Ladon, veteran of the 2016 Rio Olympics, was set to collide with Mahmetov Azat of Kazakhstan, at presstime.
Earlier, welter Joel Bacho, James Palicte and Mario Fernandez in the men’s and Nesthy Petecio and Irish Magno in women’s, had been sent packing.

The Philippines has a current tally of 3-0-12 (gold-silver-bronze) for 19th place with host Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore the only other SEA countries ahead. Four years ago in Incheon, the Philippines finished 22nd with just one gold.

Over in athletics, three-time Olympian Marestela Torres, failed to make a dent in long jump after finishing ninth overall with a leap of 6.15 meters, way below her personal-best of 6.71m she registered in the 2011 SEAG in Palembang.

Track and field is still in contention with US-based sprinters Kristina Knott and Trenten Beram making it to the semifinals scheduled Tuesday night.

The Philippine women’s volleyball is still in the thick of the fight but three-time Olympic champion China is about to pull the plug on the bid in quarterfinals action Wednesday night.

The entire team knows what it is up against and it will use the game as an opportunity to learn, according to head coach Shaq delos Santos.

“It’s not every day that we get the chance to face China,” he said.

The Philippines dropped back-to-back games – against Thailand and Japan – before scoring a win against Hong Kong to earn a berth in the quarters despite losing to Indonesia.

“We know that are just in the early stage of our volleyball program so whatever experience we will gain against an elite team like China will be a major help,” added Delos Santos.