MANILA, Philippines—Filipino Olympian Eumir Marcial recovered from three knockdowns to attain a dramatic fourth-round technical knockout win over a sport American Isiah Hart Sunday morning (Manila time) at Virgins Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fighting for the primary time since claiming a bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics in July of final yr, Marcial began the battle seemingly measuring the ability of his lanky foe when he received tagged with a fast counter proper that despatched the Zamboangeño falling flat on his again.
The 26-year-old Marcial, although, received up rapidly from the knockdown and instantly stepped on the gasoline pedal from then on.
But Marcial being too keen noticed him undergo two extra journeys to the canvass within the second spherical, each by Hart’s blinding proper counter.
“He showed great heart, intentional fortitude. He got up, went back to work and just ran off a couple of more bombs. Overall, it was a great learning experience,” stated MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons, who was at ringside to offer help to Team Marcial.
By the third, Marcial continued to pursue Hart with a cautious strategy and staggered the American with a left straight to the temple within the fourth spherical.
Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. instantly stepped in to stop Marcial from unleashing an onslaught on the wobbled New Jersey-based boxer.
The finish got here at 47 seconds within the fourth. With the stoppage, Marcial (2-0, 1 knockout) dodged a bullet as he trailed on all three judges’ scorecards by way of equivalent 26-29 tallies.
Marcial and his spouse Princess are scheduled to return to the nation this week then will instantly proceed to Thailand to hitch the Philippine boxing group gearing up for subsequent month’s Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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