KUALA LUMPUR - John Marvin said he went to his gold-medal match against a Malaysian boxer with a do-or-die mentality, determined not to be a victim of a hometown decision in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
The Fil-British boxer won the gold medal by stopping Malaysia's Adli Hafidz B. Mohd Pauzi in only 21 seconds in their light heavyweight bout at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Marvin admitted he was determined not to leave his fate at the hands of the judges.
"That was mainly one of the reasons. I didn't want to be in the end of a decision where it is left in the host country's hands to decide my fate," said Marvin.
Marvin found an opening right from the opening bell and never let up, landing bombs as the Malaysian kept his guard down.
"I just expect to do the best that I could. The fact that I finished him soon was fortunate on my part," said Marvin. "You can't have your hands down. You are going to get hurt."
A questionable loss by a teammate in Carlo Paalam to a Malaysian foe in the quarterfinals also served as his motivation to win in convincing fashion.
"It's obviously sad to hear that. He is my teammate. No one wants to see your team lose. But that's the nature of the beast. We are here to win," said Marvin.