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Eu­mir’s ring lessons with Roach be­gins

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Top Olympic bet Eu­mir Felix Mar­cial has started his train­ing at the famed Wild Card Gym Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

Mar­cial, who turned pro re­cently, was wel­comed by Hall of Fame trainer

Fred­die Roach who agreed to take the 24-year-old Zam­boanga na­tive un­der his wings while the Filipino boxer pre­pares him­self for forth­com­ing pro­fes­sional fights and next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Mar­cial did four rounds of mitts with Roach.

Since 2001, Roach’s Wild Card Box­ing Club has been the train­ing camp for eight-divi­sion world cham­pion and Philip­pine se­na­tor Manny Pac­quiao.

On Wed­nes­day, Mar­cial, a mem­ber of the 2021 Philip­pines Olympic box­ing team and part of Pac­quiao’s MP Pro­mo­tions’ sta­ble of fight­ers, en­tered through the same door to meet with the seven-time Trainer of the Year.

“When Eu­mir walked through the door into the up­stairs gym, I flashed back to 2001 when Manny (Pac­quiao) first walked through the same door look­ing for some­one to do mitts with him,” said Roach.

Af­ter giv­ing Mar­cial and MP Pro­mo­tions pres­i­dent Sean Gib­bons the cook’s tour of the top floor, they ad­journed to the more pri­vate down­stairs gym for a work­out

“Eu­mir has a lot of power and tal­ent but we have a lot of work to do. It’s a very un­usual sit­u­a­tion work­ing on a fighter’s pro­fes­sional de­but know­ing that we will be pre­par­ing for the Olympics af­ter he turns pro­fes­sional. I re­ally hope we can be the first to bring a world ti­tle and Olympic gold to the Philip­pines. That would be very spe­cial,” said Roach.

Be­fore the pan­demic shut the world down, Mar­cial had been on a roll. He punched his ticket for the 2021 Olympics in March by win­ning all four of his bouts in the Asia-Ocea­nia Olympic Qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Am­man, Jor­dan.

Last De­cem­ber, he cap­tured the gold at the 30th South­east Asian Games as well as the sil­ver medal in last year’s World Box­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Mar­cial’s il­lus­tri­ous ré­sumé also in­cludes be­ing a three-time SEA games cham­pion.

 ?? (Cour­tesy of Sean Gib­bons/MP Pro­mo­tions) ?? Fred­die Roach, right, and Eu­mir Felix Mar­cial.
(Cour­tesy of Sean Gib­bons/MP Pro­mo­tions) Fred­die Roach, right, and Eu­mir Felix Mar­cial.

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