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Eu­mir vows to fight on af­ter loss of el­dest brother

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Tragedy struck the fam­ily of na­tional box­ing team main­stay Eu­mir Felix Mar­cial just days into his Olympic prepa­ra­tions in Los An­ge­les.

Eliver Mar­cial, the el­dest of the Mar­cial sib­lings, died af­ter col­laps­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing of Satur­day. He was 39.

Eliver, who got stranded in Eu­mir’s res­i­dence in Cavite since the coun­try im­ple­mented the Lu­zon-wide lock­down in March due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, was set to take a flight Satur­day morn­ing and re­turn to their home­town in Zam­boanga to be with his wife and six kids.

“Masaya pa siya noong Fri­day ng gabi tapos ex­cited na yung par­ents ko lalo na yung asawa niya pati mga anak niya. Masakit ta­laga sa akin kasi close kami magkaka­p­atid,” said a sob­bing Mar­cial.

MP Pro­mo­tions Pres­i­dent Sean Gib­bons im­me­di­ately of­fered to ar­range a flight back to the Philip­pines for Mar­cial.

But the Filipino Olympian de­cided to re­main in the US and ded­i­cate all his ef­forts to his brother as he has now started his train­ing un­der the tute­lage of famed trainer Fred­die Roach at the Wild Card Box­ing Club in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Ang par­ents ko, mga ka­p­atid, la­hat kami sa pam­ilya, bata pa lang ako ta­la­gang walang pinag-us­apan kami kungdi makuha yung Olympic gold. Kausap pa ni kuya si Princess (Eu­mir’s fi­ancée) kagabi sabi niya sana makuha ko na ang Olympic gold tapos mag­ing world cham­pion ako,” dis­closed Mar­cial who is the youngest of five sib­lings.

“Dito na lang muna ako kasi wala na din na­man ma­g­a­gawa sa nang­yari. Mas lalo ko nag­ing in­spi­rasyon kuya ko. Ito din na­man ang gusto niya, mag­ing ready ako sa Olympics,” added Mar­cial.

Eu­mir’s girl­friend Princess Galarpe to­gether with the boxer’s cousin An­thony rushed Eliver to the Ospi­tal ng Imus min­utes af­ter he vom­ited and ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­culty in breath­ing

early Satur­day.

 ??  ?? Eu­mir Mar­cial, right, with his el­dest brother Eliver.
Eu­mir Mar­cial, right, with his el­dest brother Eliver.

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