By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas was so impressed and is convinced that the Tokyo Olympics bound Eumir Felix Marcial is in the mold of another great Filipino world boxing champion.
Ancajas, who holds the IBF junior-bantamweight title since 2016, intently keeps his eye on Eumir who successfully passed his first test fighting in the professional rank with a dominating win over Andrew Whitfield in their 4-round middleweight fight at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, California.
“Bilib ako kay Eumir,” said Ancajas while watching Eumir’s fight in the television along with other Filipino boxers.
“Nakapag-adjust kaagad siya sa unang round pa lang. Gigil pa siya noong unang round pero nakuha na niya agad ang kalaban sa ikalawang round. Unang laban pa lang niya sa pro eh iyung kalaban niya ay may apat na laban na sa pro,” said Ancajas.
“Matibay lang talaga ang kalaban kahit tinamaan ng malalakas ni Eumir. Hindi basta mamamaga ang mata noon na ganoon kalaki kung mahina lang ang tama,” explained Ancajas.
Marcial made a successful pro debut by beating Whitfield by unanimous decision. All three judges, Don DeVerges, Ron Scott Stevens and Damian Walton, gave all the rounds to Marcial, 40-36.
The heavy-handed Marcial and bulky Whitfield immediately exchange blows after the bell with the Filipino fighter able to land crisp left to the face of the American.
Marcial staggered Whitfield in the second round with a hook but the American was able to maintain his balance and managed to continue the fight. Whitfield then sustained a huge lump in his right eye going to his corner.
Marcial is using his professional fight as part of his specialized training and preparation to finally end the decade long drought for the first ever gold medal of the Philippines in the coming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Marcial, who hails from Zamboanga, notched his first pro win while Whitfield dropped to 3-2, 2KOs. (AI/MTVN)