In a thrilling boxing match at the Asian Games, Filipino fighter Eumir Marcial showcased his resilience and determination, overcoming a challenging first round to secure a medal for his country.
A rocky start
The initial round saw Marcial struggling to find his rhythm, with multiple attempts to land his signature right hook on his Thai opponent. However, the Thai boxer’s agility and swift counters kept Marcial at bay. A powerful right counter from the Thai boxer even led to a standing 8 count for Marcial, putting him on the back foot in terms of scores.
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A comeback during the second round
But champions are not made of mere talent; they are forged in adversity. As the second round commenced, Marcial, undeterred by the earlier setback, picked up speed. Sticking to his initial game plan, he continued his pursuit to land that elusive right hook. His persistence finally paid off in the dying moments of the round. A devastating right hook from Marcial found its mark, sending the Thai boxer crashing onto the canvas.
The sheer force of the punch left no room for doubt, prompting the referee to end the match in Marcial’s favor. With this spectacular win, Eumir Marcial not only assured himself of a bronze medal but also advanced to the semi-finals of the 80kgs men’s boxing category.