Pinoy boxer Eumir Marcial earns silver at world championships

The Philippines’ Eumir Marcial secured a silver medal after he lost to a hometown fighter in the middleweight final of the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia Saturday.

Bakshi Gleb won 5-0 over Marcial, who got decked with a counter left hook in the second round.

Marcial reached the gold-medal match after dominating Kulakhamet Tursynbay of Kazakhstan on Friday.

He became the third Filipino to win a silver at the worlds after light-flyweights Roel Velasco (1997) and Harry Tañamor (2007).

Tañamor also won 2 bronze medals (2001 and 2003) while Rogen Ladon, another 106-pound boxer, secured one in 2015, the most recent Filipino fighter to land a podium finish at the worlds.

Brian Viloria won a gold in 1999, but he represented the United States.

With his recent feat, Marcial, 23, has won at the regional, continental and world levels, following a gold-medal finish in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and a bronze in the 2018 Asian Games.

He won gold in the 2011 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

The Zamboanga-raised Marcial is expected to spearhead the country’s campaign in boxing in the 2019 SEA Games.

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