Marvin, Marcial Bag SEAG Gold
Fil-Briton John Marvin and Eumir Felix Marcial produced scintillating performances to capture the gold medal of their respective weight divisions in the boxing competitions of the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games that ended Thursday at the MiTEC Hall 8.
Marvin pummeled Malaysia’s Adli Hafildz Mohd Pauzi in just 21 seconds to rule the 81 kg light heavyweight division in his first SEA Games appearance while Marcial scored a unanimous decision win Thailand’s Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold in the 75 kg middleweight division.
Mario Fernandez lost to Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee in the finals of the 56 kg bantamweight category to settle for a silver medal.
The Philippines ended the four-day event with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals for second place behind Thailand’s two-gold, three-silver and one-bronze haul.
Charly Suarez and Ian Clark Bautista took the two bronze medals after bowing in the semifinals of the 64 kg light welterweight and 52 kg flyweight, respectively.
Marvin capped off his impressive debut in the biennial meet by sending the Malaysia reeling with a knockdown followed by a series of powerful punches to forced the referee to stop the bout, much to the delight of the Filipino audience that included Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines President Ricky Vargas and Executive Director Ed Picson.
Marcial dominated right from the opening bell to earn the nod of all five judges, capping it off with a combination of punches that forced Pathomsak to receive a Standing Eight Count with less than 50 seconds left in the final round.
Marcial later dedicated his latest SEA Games triumph to 19-year-old teammate Carlo Paalam, who became the first Filipino casualty when he lost to eventual gold medalist Muhammad Fuad Redzuan of host Malaysia in the preliminary round of the 49 kg light flyweight division.
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