Marcial in harness for 4th pro fight in Las Vegas in February


LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Eumir Felix Marcial has gone full throttle in training for his fourth professional fight in February.

BusinessMirror visited Marcial on Wednesday and saw him tear apart three middleweight sparring partners at the Top Rank Gym here.

“I’m in good shape and I can’t wait to fight as a pro again,” said Marcial, whose 3-0 won-lost since turning professional in October 2020.

His opponent has yet to be named but his Mexican trainer and coach, Jorge Capetillo, is confident his ward can take on anyone.

“I’m happy with Eumir’s progress and he’s developing a lot. He is a tremendous athlete, a great person and a great fighter,” Capetillo said. “I can see his hunger to learn, I see every day that he wants to learn something new and little by little he’s transitioning from amateur to a real professional fighter.”

Marcial fights on February 11 in San Antonio, Texas. He opened his professional career with a unanimous decision four-rounder win over Andrew Whitfield in Los Angeles in December 2020, followed it up with a fourth-round technical knockout win over Isiah Hart in April 2022 here in Las Vegas and capped his young pro schedule with a six-round unanimous decision triumph over Steven Pichardo in Carson City last October.

Capetillo said molding Marcial into a solid world champion has to be taken step by step.

“I don’t see which year because we’re doing it step-by-step,” Capetillo said. “Our goal is to make him not only a world champion but a champion who can establish himself for years, that’s what we’ve wanted him to be.”

The Hangzhou 19th Asian Games—a Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier set in September—momentarily takes a backseat as Marcial focus on his February fight.

“We are focusing for now on the professional side and that’s what we need to be a 100 percent focused because it’s one thing to be in the professional side and one thing in the amateur side,” Capetillo said. “It’s round by round or day by day, we’re growing and developing, making sure he’s in good shape.”

Marcial’s wife Princess is also here to monitor his progress.

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