KUALA LUMPUR - Eumir Felix Marcial admitted he competed with an injured hand, but the Filipino boxer showed great resolve in winning gold for the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
The 21-year-old Zamboanga City native ruled the middleweight division after a unanimous victory over Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand to win his second successive SEA Games gold medal.
Marcial said he gave his all despite fighting with an injured left hand, which he suffered during last year's Olympic qualifiers.
"Kung sa 100 percent, nasa 60 lang siya," said Marcial.
"Matagal na injury ko na 'to. Ilang beses ko na nagamot pero pabalik balik. Tinitiis ko na lang kasi eto 'yung sport ko eh. Eto 'yung pinili kong sport. Dapat magtiis talaga," he added.
But despite the injury, Marcial breezed past Nguyen Manh Cuong of Vietnam and Indran A/L Rama Krishnan of Malaysia to reach the final against Kuttiya.
In the gold medal bout, Marcial even showed his power in the third round and forced Kuttiya to a standing eight count before pulling off the win.
"Bagama't may injury ako, alam ng mga kasamahan ko at mga coaches ko na may injury ako, hindi ko na inisip 'yun. Ang nasa isip ko, bahala na, wala ng bukas. Kahit bukas, palitan na 'yung kamay ko, okay lang basta manalo ako," said Marcial.
With his SEA Games mission accomplished, Marcial’s next goal is to get his hand checked to keep him in top shape in his next competition.
"Baka pa-check up 'yung kamay ko para makabigay pa ako ng karangalan sa bansa," said Marcial.