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    Eumir Marcial hurdles first test in Olympic qualifier with TKO win over Egyptian foe

    Oct 8, 2015
    Eumir Marcial is three wins away from a ticket to the Rio Olympics.

    DOHA, Qatar - The Aiba World Boxing Championships saw the Philippines score a second win in as many outings as welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial walloped Egyptian Said Mohamed Walid in a TKO victory.

    The hard-hitting Marcial took his time and baited the second-ranked boxer from the African Confederation Championships into coming in to meet the hard left straights and body shots of the Zamboangueno.

    The referee gave the Egyptian three standing eight counts during the match.

    "Tinamaan din niya ako nung una kaya sabi ko kailangan ko na gumanti," said the 19 year-old former world junior and Asian youth champion. "Mabuti na lang at tumama yong mga suntok ko."

    He next faces Spain's Youba Sissokho, who survived a hard-fought match against Thailand's Ardee Sailom.

    The other Filipino boxer here - Rogen Ladon of Bago City - started off the Philippine campaign on Tuesday with a rousing unanimous decision win over Argentina's Leandro Blanc.

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    "Eumir and Rogen both need to win at least four fights here to earn a slot to the Rio Olympics next year. This is a happy start," said ABAP executive director Ed Picson who was also ecstatic upon learning that boxing icon Manny Pacquiao stayed true to his word and had boarded a plane for Doha late Wednesday.

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    Other members of the lean Filipino delegation are coaches Nolito Velasco and Romeo Brin.

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